All the Way My Savior Leads Me 1/21

I’m feeling pretty weary these days. I’m guessing many of you are feeling the same. At least that’s the message I’ve been getting via Christmas cards who are endlessly quoting John Sullivan Dwight’s translation of O Holy Night: “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” {Side note: We used this verse for our cards as well, which I designed and wrote out from memory and consequently misquoted with “waits” instead of “breaks.” I find this rather ironic and ridiculous but also just another indicator that I am, beyond a doubt, severely WEARY.}

Weariness is a natural reaction to all that we went through in 2020. And like many of you, I’ve been feeling extra heaviness from several recent events…

1. Our little Peregrin, just 14 months old, was sick for the first time with the flu and high fever during the week of Christmas. I’m feeling especially weary over this because he also experienced a febrile seizure, a common thing for little ones, I know, but nonetheless one of the most horrific experiences of my life. Being our first time experiencing a seizure with any of our children we quickly followed it up with an ambulance ride and a trip to a hospital who’s walls were lined with Covid patients who outnumbered the staff so drastically that several bedridden, half suffocating people were crying out from their beds, “Help me, please help me, nurse!” without anyone available to answer their cries. With not one room open for Pip and I, I sat in the hospital hallway holding my exhausted child in my arms and my heart breaking, pouring out prayers and tears for these desperate people. I’m haunted by the sights and sounds from that night, not just by the helpless convulsions of my fragile babe, but by the cries of these precious people, strangers to me, but known intimately by the King. We are thankful to the Lord that our dear Pip is fine now, and while my mama heart is still reeling from this event, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to ask myself some questions: Do you really believe your theology, April? Do you really believe that God is sovereign over the lives of your children? Will you really trust Him and rest in Him in the middle of this trial? Do you believe that God is still leading you right now and that His plans are better than your own?

2. I did not know Emily (@the.hidden.way), but her story has weighed heavy on my heart as well. Just a young mama of four, about to bring a fifth little love into the world, drinking her morning coffee, when her soul was required of her and she and her unborn child were ushered into the presence of Jesus. I’m grateful for her life, her heart for ministry and her love for Christ. We are praying continually for her dear family (consider supporting Emily’s family here). I’m reminded that our lives are not our own, and that He who knows the end from the beginning has ordained everything that comes to pass for our good and His glory, including depriving Emily’s family of her presence. Even though I know these truths about God’s sovereignty, those questions fill my heart again… Do you really believe what you say you believe, April? Can you still sing, “Jesus doeth all things well” in light of Emily’s death?

So it was a somewhat difficult and devastating December to top off a unfathomably tough year. There is understandably a lot of hope for 2021, but if I’ve learned anything from the events of this year, it’s this: Don’t put your hope in numbers, years, two-week shutdowns, leaders, governments, etc. I’m not sentimental or organized enough to choose “a word” for my year, but I suppose if asked to, I’d choose “follow.” God has not stopped leading His people and regardless of how dark and scary the path looks ahead, I want to follow Him. We can trust Him to provide peace, comfort, grace and for all our needs along the way. Even if it means my days here are ending, I want to follow my Jesus who doeth all things well and leads all the way.

We will take a closer look into the background of Fanny Crosby’s “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” in a later post (or purchase our Winter Hymn Guide if you don’t want to wait!), but to quickly summarize, Fanny had many big life obstacles, including blindness from a very young age. She did not let these obstacles stop her from following Jesus into New York ghettos to tell people about the Savior or from writing over 8,000 hymns to lead people to worship her King. Over a hundred years later, her life is still blessing us in the form of our hymn this month.

You may or may not be familiar with this hymn. Either way, we invite you to spend this month meditating on its truths. To get you started, we’ve provided free printable lyrics, music and copywork — all found here! Also, you can find fresh versions of the hymn on our YouTube channel that you and your family can sing along with. There are loads of fresh versions at the top of our hymn of the month playlist. If you are interested in fleshing out this month’s hymn with activities, coloring sheets, devotional thoughts, vocabulary sheets, etc. check out our Winter Hymn Guide, available for a small fee on Etsy. Thank you so much for your support of Happy Hymnody’s ministry!

If you are new to this community, welcome! It is a great time to join in and make family worship a priority if you haven’t already. You are encouraged to gather up your families, for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn (following your daily time in the Scriptures and in prayer) whether it is first thing in the morning, or around the dinner table or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. You can let us know how it’s going by posting either a video or a photo on Instagram. Just tag it with #happyhymnody! As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! God bless you all this month as you worship and follow Jesus together as a family!

With so much love,

April

Don’t forget to download your free printables here!

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