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God is good, He sends the rain

God is good, He sends the rain

Author: A. H. Ackley
Tune: [God is good, He sends the rain]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. God is good, He sends the rain;
For His glory, we should not complain;
What He sends is always best,
Stormy clouds and all the rest.

What would we do without the clouds?
The clouds bring rain,
Scattering show’rs of blessing over hill and plain,
Bringing to us the harvest of the golden grain;
What would we do without the clouds?
The clouds bring rain.

2. Verdant meadows, fruits and flow’rs,
Gather beauty from the falling show’rs;
Clouds are sailboats from above,
Laden with the gifts of love. [Refrain]

3. Cloudless sky makes barren land;
Parched and thirsty is the desert sand;
So would life be barren, too,
If there were no clouds for you. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7309

Author: A. H. Ackley

Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles. Dianne Shapiro (from by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God is good, He sends the rain
Author: A. H. Ackley
Refrain First Line: What would we do without clouds
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #7309
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Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets #95

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Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs for church, Sunday Schools and evangelistic services #96


The Cyber Hymnal #7309

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