I’ve blogged this before, but this time I’m including the suggestions that were made by Kim. I wrote this because I wanted a hymn that expressed my conviction that it isn’t always possible to “smile at the storm” (to quote my old Sunday School favourite) and praise must continue in spite of circumstances, not because of them. I also wanted something that was consciously communal rather than individual — I’m certain that very often it is the faith of the church that sustains us when personal faith is weakened. The hymn is written for the tune Old Pendle, but if you wanted something more familiar anything for “4 11’s” should do.
I’d appreciate any thoughts on improvement. If you think it is irredeemably awful you can leave me in ignorance!.
When joy is elusive and confidence vain,
When darkness surrounds us and hopelessness clings –
Then still we will praise him, whatever life brings!
Our faith does not promise a life free from harm.
The shadow of stormclouds can still cause alarm.
The sun may be hidden away from our sight –
But darkness can’t shake our belief in the light.
So singing we’ll follow the call of our Lord
Through blessing and curse we will trust in his word
He says “I’ll be with you until the world’s end”
- a promise of hope we’ll confess and commend.
(My apologies that the gif of the music hasn’t survived resizing very well. I don’t have the tools to do anything about it, but I think the original link shows the music slightly more accurately.
Originally posted August 6th, 2004