~* DAY BY DAY *~
Karolina W. Sandell-Berg, 1832-1903
Translated by Andrew L. Skoog, 1856-1934

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua 1:9

It is a common tendency for people to look ahead. They wonder--what will happen next? That's why the pseudo science of astrology is booming today as never before. Because we are apprehensive of the future, wondering when some health problem or perhaps a financial difficulty will surprise us, we long for a reassuring word of comfort.

"Day by Day" was written by a young Swedish woman who learned early in life the all-important lesson of living each day with a conscious presence and strength of her Lord. Lina Sandell has often been called the "Fanny Crosby of Sweden" for her many contributions to gospel hymnody. From her pen flowed approximately 650 hymns which strongly influenced the waves of revival that swept the Scandinavian countries during the latter half of the 19th Century.

At the age of 26, Lina had an experience that greatly influenced her life. She was accompanying her father aboard ship to the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, across Lake Vattern. The ship gave a sudden lurch, and Lina's father, a devout minister of the Gospel, fell overboard and drowned before the eyes of his devoted daughter. Although Lina had written many hymn texts prior to this tragic experience, now more than ever poetic thoughts that expressed a tender, child-like trust in her Lord began to flow freely from her broken heart.



Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Fatherís wise bestowment,
Iíve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems bestó
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
ďAs thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,Ē
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faithís sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a fatherís hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.



*For Today*: Deuteronomy 33:25; Psalm 55:22; II Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 4:16

Practice the kind of deep and peaceful trust that Lina Sandell has expressed in this hymn. Focus only on the LORD when cumbered with the challenges and difficulties of today, and trust the Lord for tomorrow.

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Portions from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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