“Abide with Me! Fast Falls the Eventide” from The Lutheran Hymnal, 552:
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, oh, abide with me!
A sundog shines over boats:
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day
Earth’ joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see.
O Thou, who changest not, abide with me!
This old hymn is loved because it reflects the reality of life: Days and lives come and go, but God is eternally faithful.
Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dweltst with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.
Someday, Christ will return on the clouds to be with us forever.
Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.
Α & Ω
Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.
The many masts of Fish Creek harbor:
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, oh, abide with me!
God paints the sky with colors.
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.
We loved the many shifting hues in this sunset.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earths vain shadows flee
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!
Heaven is our true home.
All the photos in this post were taken on the same day from Peninsula State Park in Door County, WI.
Now more than ever, in uncertain times, the Christian Church needs steadfast preaching and hymnody. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
May God bless you.