Thursday, February 2, 2012

Abide With Me

Last night we took a quick trip out to the lake to see some waterfowl and the sunset.  It was a wonderful feeling to be able to enjoy a February day outdoors without being enveloped in a heavy coat.  Too quickly the sun had set and we had to hurry home to enjoy supper together.  The low light prevented me from taking many photos, but here are the best of what I took.

This afternoon I learned of my grandma's passing.  As I looked at these photos I thought of the song "Abide with Me."  It's a lovely song that's not sung in many churches now.  Here are the words in memory of my grandma:

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, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

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, Lord, abide with me.

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.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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