52 Hymn Story Devotions
Oh Jesus, I Have Promised
Some of my favorite hymns were written as a result of loving family relationships. Experiences within the family circle are often a writer's inspiration. Fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers touch one another deeply with their words and actions.
So it was with these loving words from a father to his daughter and two sons on their confirmation day. He said, "I have written a hymn containing all the important truths I want you to remember when you are fully confirmed." John Ernest Bode's concern for his children that Sunday in 1866 will never be forgotten. The "important truths" resulted in the beloved hymn, "O Jesus, I Have Promised."
The more I sing this hymn, the more prayerful I become. I pray with a sincere desire, "to serve thee to the end" and not to "wander from the pathway".
In the Gospels, Peter boldly proclaimed that even if all of the disciples fell away, he never would. (Matt. 26:33). Peter did not keep his bold promise. Three times he denied knowing Jesus before the trial and crucifixion. This hymn carries the sad results of fear but also the loving repentance and love, that followed. "Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you." (John 21:17.)
"Jesus Loves You Fellowship"
In the Bible we read these words of Jesus,
"Believe in God, believe also in me." (John 14:1)
As we believe, we can know God's perfect love.
The following stories and songs tell of God's
plan for our lives.
1. 'Jesus Loves Me' - This simple, childlike song has its beginnings in a very short poem in a very long novel ...
2. 'Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling' - The dynamic preaching of evangilist Dwight L. Moody was over: he lay on his deathbed ...
3. 'Amazing Grace' - Even the sound of sweet-grace, grace-it is amazing...
4. 'Go Tll It On the Mountain' - The carolers in our town who sing from door to door often sound like a band of angels ...
God bless you,
Lucy N. Adams
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By VICKI HYATT, Staff writer,
LAKE JUNALUSKA -- Lucy Neeley Adams,
author of “52 Hymn Story Devotions,”
claims there is nothing original in
her recently published book.
“I haven’t written
a thing that hasn’t already been said
somewhere, except for the personal
illustrations about what a hymn meant
to me,” she says humbly.
But researching the beginnings of
some of the most popular hymns through
the ages, condensing the story and
then adding a poignant “personal touch”
has been a popular concept. It has
taken Adams on a journey from a music
ministry within the Methodist churches
where her husband has pastored to
a radio personality, then a newspaper
columnist and finally to writing a
this site, you will find a brief history of Lucy
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"God Speaks, Devotional Responses to Every 3: 16 in the New Testament "God is speaking. Are we listening? When we're lonely, confused, or angry, God speaks to us. When we're content, satisfied, or joyful, God speaks to us. Join the Christian Writers Fellowship of Western North Carolina on a journey through the New Testament's 3:16 passages. God speaks to us through His word. He wants to speak to you too.
May 2013 publication.