133. Heavenly Father, You have brought us

1 Heavenly Father, You have brought us
safely to the present day,
gently leading on our footsteps,
watching o’er us all the way.
Friend and guide through life’s long journey,
grateful hearts to You we bring;
but for love so true and changeless
how shall we fit praises sing?

2 Mercies new and never-failing
brightly shine through all the past,
watchful care and loving-kindness
always near from first to last,
tender love, divine protection
ever with us day and night;
blessings more than we can number
strew the path with golden light.

3 Shadows deep have crossed our pathway,
we have trembled in the storm;
clouds have gathered round so darkly
that we could not see Your form;
yet Your love has never left us
in our griefs to be alone,
and the help each gave the other
was the strength that is Your own.

4 Many that we loved have left us,
reaching first their journey’s end;
now they wait to give us welcome,
brother, sister, child, and friend.
When at last our journey’s over,
and we pass away from sight,
Father, take us through the darkness
into everlasting light.

Text Information
First Line: Heavenly Father, You have brought us
Author: Hester Periam Hawkins, 1848-1928 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Topic: God Through the Years: His Faithfulness; God Through the Years: New Year - Old Year
Source: Home Hymn Book, 1885
Tune Information
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1848-1918
Meter: 87 87 D
Key: F Major

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