Friday, February 22, 2013

Firday Slowdown

He giveth more grace as the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as the labors increase,
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.

His Love has no limit; His grace has no measure.
His pow'r has no boundary known unto men.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

This song was written by Annie Johnson Flint who has written some of the most inspiring
poems dealing with faith and triumph in times of trial and suffering. She was born in
Vineland, NJ and lost both parents before she was six years old. Adopted by a childless
couple, she became afflicted with arthritis as a teen and soon thereafter became unable to
walk. She aspired to be a composer and concert pianist but when illness deprived her of
her ability to play the piano she resorted to writing poetry. Some of her poetry she set to
music. Later in life, being unable to open her hands, she wrote many of her poems on the
typewriter, using but her knuckles.
The song "He Giveth More Grace" was based on three Bible promises "He giveth more
grace" (James 4:6); "He increaseth strength" (Isaiah 40:29); and "Mercy unto you, and
peace, and love, be multiplied" (Jude 2).
There is a grace and strength from God that is not given in the everyday routine of life. But
God gives it to us in our hour of need when our trust is in Him. When troubles and trials
come upon us, may we know His added grace, His increased strength, and His multiplied

(I'm indebted today to the Hymn Story Net site for this story.)


Belinda said...

What an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing that. We are to be thankful in all circumstances and she certainly was!

Lisa said...

I wasn't sure I'd heard of this hymn, so checked my hymnal at home, it wasn't in there, so through Google and YouTube, quickly had the Maranatha singers' singing this hymn through my computer. It is beautiful. Thank you Snoodles for sharing and reminding us about God's grace.
PS This story also made me think of Franny Crosby's life.

CATachresis said...

This is so amazing! I have had this hymn on my heart for a couple of weeks! I didn't know the story about the author, though! Have a great weekend xx