Sunday, February 7, 2010

~DAY BY DAY and Grace For The Storms In Life~

"Day by Day" was written by a young Swedish woman who learned early in life the all-important lesson of living each day to the fullest. From her pen flowed approximately 650 hymns.

At the age of 26, Karolina W. Sandell-Berg (1832-1903) had an experience that greatly influenced her life. While traveling with her father aboard a ship bound for Gothenburg, Sweden, the ship gave an unexpected lurch and Lina watched as her beloved father, a Minister, fell overboard and drowned before her eyes. Although she had written many beautiful hymns before her father's death, her lyrics began to show an even greater child-like trust in her Lord. Tender writings began to flow from her broken heart.

Can you even imagine watching someone you love drown? Especially so while out to sea, forever lost in a great ocean? I can barely allow myself to even go there... Still, I have a sense of peace today knowing that if God's Grace was enough for Miss Sandell-Berg, then it is enough for me...


Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

Blessings as you trust in your Redeemer...


Lady Farmer said...

I love hearing the story behind the hymns ~ such testimonies of faith are found there! Thank you for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post for today. I always thought I had strong faith, but sometimes I realize I get so down when something hard happens for my children maybe my faith is not as strong as I think, or maybe it is just a testing. All of us, if you life long enough, will have tests of our faith. I just pray mine keeps on hanging on. Thanks for this meditative piece. Blessings

Anonymous said...

Lovely blog for this sunday Rebecca!The title reminds me of a song I always loved.Do you remember it?? Heres a bit of it:

Day by day oh dear Lord three things I pray,to see things more clearly to love thee more dearly.

I will have to look that up again and get all the words.Happy Sunday to you!

VM Creation Atelier said...

Good evening dear Rebecca!-)***

That is so wonderful post,I would read it again and again...
Make me really emmotional but also very pieceful,

Thank you very much!-)***

With love,


Deanna said...

These stories about what others endure are some of my favorite.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

This post was truly lovely! The storms of life pass and we never walk alone.
I love this blog! You spread joy every day.
I am grateful there is a "Rebecca" in my life! :)


Rita said...

Oh my, what a tradegy for the young woman, but oh how wonderful that she could turn that sorrow into something so beautiful as a song. Thanks for sharing her story with us!

Simple Home said...

I love this story, it's been awhile since I've heard it. Thanks for sharing. Oh, and btw, your granddaughter is beautiful!! Loved that "Nana" post :-)

Unknown said...

G'eve Rebecca ~ This was a hard post write to read ... I do know her pain to witness well, He carries & lifts us thru these tragic moments.

Beautiful passion in her hymns/write.
I had not heard of her before, but will read more of her now.

Have a beautiful eve. Hugs of love, Marydon

Dolores said...

This is such a touching and sweet post! I love to read about the strength and love of people for our Lord..., even though they endured and experienced such a tragedy.....

Beautiful hymn!

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

beautiful post from a beautiful Lady....

Thank you for sharing.......

Love always Lyn xxxx

GwendolynKay said...

That is a heart wrenching story. What an awful thing for the poor girl to witness and live with in her memory... and yet , she still kept her faith.

Barb said...

Rebecca, so glad to see you at Bella Vista...I have missed you and was wondering if I had done something wrong.....yep, I am way too sensitive.

I learned very early in life to lean on God. He is with me in every part of my day and I could not make it without Him....and I have a good life! He is everything to me.

Now, for all my goodies....yes, I am overflowing with them. I have always given away a lot of things and God just blesses my socks off with more!

I do hope you are staying warm.

With a grateful heart,
Barb ♥

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This reminds me a little of the hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul" where a minister lost members of his family in an accident at sea.

Thanks, Rebecca, it's important for us to know these things about the great hynms of the church.


Sheila :-)

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Thank you for you compliment towards my plate rack. The plate rack was one of two at Center Stage Antiques through ebay. The auction was for two, but I only had wall space for one. The seller agreed to my request to make an auction of just one...I do not know if he sold the other rack.

I love your dining room. You are so blessed to have an eye for beauty and a creative soul AND a husband who is able to to the heavy lifting.

Your granddaughters Valentine is precious...I know that she will have cherished memories of the time you spend with her. God's creation plan is so perfect concerning family:-)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

This is such a beautiful post and poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh that is one of my favorites! My dear sweet friend who passed away in July at the age of 46 sang it to her children each day as she drove them to school. What a blessed song. xo rachel

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