In the middle of your busy day, have you ever found yourself suddenly inspired to write a song? This happened to Annie S. Hawks in 1872 when she penned the words to the hymn I Need Thee Every Hour. This is how she described it, “One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour,’ were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me. Seating myself by the open window in the balmy air of the bright June day, I caught up my pencil and the words were soon committed to paper.”
Isn’t it amazing how God allows you to see Him both in the momentous events and the everyday tasks of life? When I found out the history of this hymn, I was immediately drawn to it. Annie Hawks was a wife and mother, just like me. She was busy taking care of her home, just like me. She needed her Lord continually, just like me.
Do you have a song in your heart today?
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
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