Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hymns and Songs

The Home Health Care nurse came today to check on the mystery fever. When she arrived she noted that Katy had two transfusions three weeks ago. She told me that she has seen numerous people develop a fever after getting a transfusion. The fever is quick, high, and goes away and doesn’t come back. So that was a piece of information that we’ll write down and remember. Paul Burton told us when he got home from work today that the “fever” clause is written in the fine print of the paperwork Katy signed before her surgery, so it is a common side effect.

Our devotions today came from an old hymnal that was published in 1926. There are some really sweet old hymns in there. Katy does like contemporary Christian music, but when she is really sick she wants the old hymns read. This one is written by Fanny Crosby.

Thou who knowest all my weakness, thou whose eye my heart can see;
In my hour of deepest trial, Let my faith take hold of thee.
Faith that smiles when skies are frowning, Faith that mountains can remove:
Faith that purifies by suffering, calmly, sweetly works by love.

While I feel Thy presence with me, while I feel Thy gracious hand;
Gladly will I do thy bidding, Only waiting thy command.
Till the storms of life are over, This my daily prayer shall be;
Lord, uphold me with thy spirit, let my faith abide in thee.

Refrain: Firm and fearless may I ever tread the path designed for me,
And tho’ thorns may sometimes pierce me, let my faith take hold of thee.

Music is a a big deal around our home. I wasn’t aware of how much I listened to Christian radio until the kids were older and started recalling all the old songs of the 80’s by Debbie Boone, and Amy Grant. They really do pick up on everything, and they were inspired to listen for themselves when they got older. This isn’t a commercial by any means, but if you like the old hymns, in a meditative quiet CD, pick up Fernando Ortega’s new CD In the Shadow of His Wings. It has gotten us through many hard nights and replaced anxiety with peace.

  1. Aunt Doris Says:

    I love the old hymns, too (of course, I’m old!), but there are a number of old hymns that I can’t find anywhere. I only ever heard them at home. I’m sure your father-in-law would recognize them. There is one in particular that I can’t remember the words for entitled “Jesus Is Calling for Thee.”

    Oh, yes, I have been thinking about another hymn that I think just suits you and Katy right now - Annie Johnson Flint’s “He Giveth More Grace.”

    He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater
    He giveth more strength when the labors increase
    To added affliction he addeth his mercy
    To multiplied trials, his multiplied peace.

    When we have exhausted our store of endurance
    When our strength has failed e’er the day is half done
    When we reach the end of our horded resources
    The Father’s full giving is only began.

    His love has no limit
    His grace has no measure
    His power has no boundary known unto men
    For out of his infinite goodness in Jesus
    He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

    Blessings on you both!
    Aunt Doris

  2. Laura Griffith Says:

    It’s good to hear you are progressing. It’s amazing how an old hymn can speak to us today. I’m glad you were encouraged. Ya’ll are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bob, Amy, Emily, Meredith and Abby Says:

    We haven’t written in a few days, but just wanted you to know that you are still in our prayers. I laughed and laughed about the sun chips the other day! I just wanted some salt tonight and told Bob that I wished we had some of those sun chips!! :0) We love you all and are so glad that Katy is doing so well at home. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

    Good night!

  4. Gene & Shirley Murphy Says:


    Just wanted to let you know that we are still being diligent in staying abreast of your life, and are so glad you are doing better.

    We continue to pray that God will meet your needs, as well as the needs of your family, with His abundant grace.

    With God’s blessings while you journey through the valley,
    Gene & Shirley

  5. Alicia Richardson Says:

    Hey Katy!!!
    I tried writing the other day and it didn’t go through :-( I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking and praying for you and that God works in so many ways in our lives to comfort and lift us up in praise. I also wanted to let you know that baby Richardson will hopefully be joining us with in the next day or two. I hope that will be a bit of news that makes you smile. When we get pics back they will def. be put up.
    God be with you always
    your STFBEYE and Literati buddy
    In Christ,

  6. Dawn Ives Says:

    Hello Katy,
    I’m glad your fever is gone and you are doing better. I’d like to stop by for a visit when your ready.
    I love those old hymns too. I think I’ll check out that CD you mentioned. I’m praying for you and your family. I bet your dog is so happy your home.
    Love, Dawn

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