We are surrounded by the people we love in every occasion of our life, whether it be a birthday, a promotion, or a wedding. However, there are some events in our life that no matter how many people there are, we have to do it alone. Birth and death are the two parts of our lives that we experience on our own. It’s scary and lonely because we have no one to be there for us. But what if there is someone who can be with us? What if we actually don’t have to be alone in life’s most important part?
We don’t have to worry if we are alone. When you read the Bible, it always reminds us that God will not forsake us. You can find it on the New and Old Testament.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” –Deuteronomy 31:8
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9
The Making of “Abide with Me”
“Abide with Me” is a hymn written by Henry Francis Lyte. The song touches on the topic of seeking God’s presence in times of being helpless and alone. “Abide with Me” was written by Lyte when he was nearing his death because of Tuberculosis. After giving his last sermon despite difficulties, Lyte handed down the hymn he wrote to his close relative. The song was first played during his funeral.
The hymn may sound like a funeral song. However, “Abide with Me” may also be used as a song for people seeking God in times of troubles.
Amy Grant’s Recording
“Abide with Me” has been a popular hymn, and it was recorded many times by different artists. Amy Grant covered this song in 2005. She recorded the hymn as part of her all-gospel album Rock of Ages…Hymns and Faith. None of the tracks made it to the Billboard chart. However, Amy’s album reached number one on the Christian chart. In addition, the album won Grammy Awards for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album in 2006.
Amy Grant, Henry Francis Lyte