Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

19 April 2011

"Abide with me..."

This hymn text has been a favorite in our family. We found out today that the Bob Jones Academy choirs sang a new arrangement – written for Jona – at their concert this evening. Several extended family members (including Uncle Daniel) were able to attend the event. What a blessing!

Jona is looking forward to hearing the arrangement. We're not sure which stanzas were sung, but I'm posting a few of the more familiar stanzas here; you can see several other not-so-familiar stanzas (and hear the traditional tune) at

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Words: Henry F. Lyte, 1847


Joseph said...

I'm part of the Chorale & got to sing that was such a blessing to sing that song with the thought of Jona behind the text. Jona's life has been a good reflection of his desire for Christ to abide with him & his ability to have a still soul waiting for God even with what is going on in his life right now.

Maribel said...

Beautiful! I woke up a little early today and I've been praying. Glad Daniel go there OK and was able to attend the concert.
Praying for all of you.


KimB said...

This arrangement and the testimony of it's inspiration were a blessing at last night's concert!

Anna said...

Just prayed for Jona and for all of you. Hope y'all get some good rest tonight.