a little less than the girl next door (in_transit) wrote,
a little less than the girl next door
in_transit

refuge

the churches i go to these days don't do hymns the way my sg church does. i find hymns very much deeper and more meaningful than many of the more contemporary christian songs -- many of these hymns were created in their writers' deepest, darkest moments -- and they have truly comforted and reassured me since young -- even these recent days when i try to drown out all straying, negative thoughts with them -- perhaps also because i grew up with them and so feel transported back to a time of safety and security when i hear or hum them. goodnight.



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.
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