Hymn of Promise
A friend once told me that every time she is dealing with a significant event in her life, she finds a hymn that goes with her situation. She is a gifted musician and this is a very meaningful way for her to connect with God. Do you have a hymn that you just love or that moves you to tears every time you sing it? I have a few of them: The Borning Cry, Here I am Lord, On Eagles Wings, and It Is Well With My Soul are just a few. Recently, I came across a new hymn that I have never heard before. It is called The Hymn of Promise. It is relatively new, written in 1985. Maybe you have heard of it and love it as much as I do. I especially like its simple melody that takes no time to learn to sing!
The Hymn of Promise is just that—a hymn that talks about God's promise to us for renewal and new beginning--a new life. We find ourselves in the season of fall again, which for me is a season of change unlike any other. I really don't like fall because the cold and darkness seem envelop me. That's why The Hymn of Promise speaks to me.
It was written by Natalie Sleeth in 1985. Natalie was born in Evanston, IL and grew up to be a composer. The original title for the hymn was “In the Bulb There is a Flower”, but later became known as The Hymn of Promise. She wrote it for The Pasadena Community Church in Florida where it was first performed. Shortly after that, her husband was diagnosed with cancer and died 25 days later. He asked to have the song performed at his funeral.
The lyrics are full of hope and promise of God's renewing power and new life that comes after a dark season or even death:
In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity, In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
You can hear the song here: http://youtu.be/OpqHE84LAAw I hope it becomes your new favorite hymn too!