Yesterday, we looked at a simple African-American Spiritual song that I really enjoy singing! You can look at that here if you missed it: Hymn of the Day: Give Me Jesus. Today, we look at a revised hymn.
Bishop William How wrote the hymn, “For All the Saints,” in 1864 for All Saints Day, a day meant to honor departed saints, whether known or unknown. This hymn, then, celebrates the saints who went before us—”who from their labors rest.” It tells how God sustained them through difficult times—strengthened them to battle evil—brought them light in their darkest days.
And it offers a prayer for the saints of today—for us and for our children. It says, “O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old.”
And it paints a picture of the saints of all times streaming through the Pearly Gates in countless numbers, “Singing to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia, Alleluia!” –Sermonwriter.com
As you know, I rather enjoy hymns. I enjoy revised hymns just as much! Indelible Grace does a magnificent job with many hymns by bringing a different melody to various hymns. For All the Saints is just one example of their masterful work! I plan on posting the original hymn sometime in the future!