Inspiring Notes – “Hymn of Promise”

Thanks to Carol Manser for being the first to share with me a favorite hymn for these Inspiring Notes!  One
morning before Sunday School she told  me that the “Hymn of Promise” (UMH #707) never fails to touch her

“Whether the choir sings it, or the congregation sings it, I always say now this time it is not going to make me cry’, but I always do.”  When I asked what it is about this song that makes it so meaningful to her, she said, “I don’t really know. I guess it is just the words.”

Written by Natalie Sleeth in 1986, the words to this hymn are very poignant.  All the verses point to the promises God gives us that, in the world of nature, in  our human emotions, and in our spiritual lives, whenever it seems that an end has been reached, God opens something new.  Though we may not be able to see beyond the current situation, the Lord is in control, and we can still be expectant that He will reveal a new beginning at the right time,  showing His glory in a perfect way.  And we can count on Him to provide something better, even in times when we see no way out, and nothing else to be done.  I think that the hope and assurance in this song is what makes it a favorite of Carol’s, as well as many others.

Read and see how these words may speak to  your heart also.

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 our 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.

~ Susan Hendrix


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