Friday, June 22, 2007

Will Your Anchor Hold

For some reason, I don't know why, this hymn has been buzzing around inside my head all day. I can't tell you how many years it has been since I last sung it in church. It would be considered very old fashioned at our present place of worship, but I think it's spendid. I've always thought of it as a Baptist hymn (if hymns can be said to have denominations) and British too, but it turns out that the writer, Priscilla J Owens, was a Methodist from Maryland. I pray that we may all know the assurance of being grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love.

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.


It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear—
When the breakers have told that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.


It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death
When the waters cold chill our latest breath,
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the Veil.


When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.


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