~* CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER *~
(also known as "More Secure is No One Ever")
Lina Sandell Berg, 1832, 1903

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Psalm 62:7

A sincere love for God and a heart filled with gratitude following a miraculous healing experience prompted the tender lines of this hymn, set to a child-like Swedish folk melody.

Lina Sandell was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor in Smöland, Sweden. Since early childhood she had been confined to bed with a paralysis that doctors considered hopeless. One Sunday morning, while her parents were at church, Lina began reading her Bible and praying. She was suddenly healed. With a thankful heart, Lina began writing verses that expressed her feelings for God. As a result, at the age of 16 she published her first book of meditations and poems. One of her earliest hymn texts during this time was "Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara" or "More Secure is No One Ever".

In the following years Lina had experiences that must have tested her faith, as expressed in a stanza of this hymn--"What He takes or what He gives us..." When she was 26, Lina accompanied her father on a trip across Lake Vattern. When the ship lurched suddenly, Pastor Sandell was thrown overboard and drowned as his devoted daughter stood helplessly by. The after her marriage to C. O. Bert, Lina met tragedy once more with the death of their first son at birth.

Lina's sweet trusting faith in her Lord did not seem shaken by the sorrows in her life. Instead, more songs than ever began to flow from her broken heart. In all, she wrote more than 650 hymns before her death in 1903. These heart-warming gospel songs, including the favorite of many Christians entitled Day by Day, had much influence on the powerful revival surge that swept the Scandinavian countries during the mid-19th Century. And still today these words minister to our lives.



Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge ne’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.

Lo, their very hairs He numbers,
And no daily care encumbers
Them that share His ev’ry blessing
And His help in woes distressing.

Praise the LORD in joyful numbers:
Your Protector never slumbers.
Rest secure in your Defender
At His will all foes surrender.



*For Today*: Psalm 103:13; Matthew 18:14; II Thessalonians 3:3; I Peter 5:10 & 11

Rest securely in the love and protection of your heavenly Father--much like a child in the arms of his parent.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken 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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