January 23

Alison Krauss Defies Doubts in “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

Alison Krauss Defies Doubts in "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" 1

On Uncertainties

The famous Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin said there are only two things certain in life: “death” and “taxes.” Given its specific applicability, this old adage became frequently used in many books about taxation. However, many enthusiasts turned to the saying and added a third item on it. Perhaps the closest thing we could consider as an addition coming from an anonymous person was the word “change.” Thus, apart from death and taxes, another sure thing in life is ‘change.’

Life is a dynamic thing. It changes as it goes. And with its unpredictability, one either stays prepared or simply stick to the ‘come what may’ attitude. But then, no matter how much effort we put in to ensure that we get the life we desire, we just don’t hold what lies ahead.

Clinging to the One Who Makes Life Certain

 The good news is that it is certain someone is there who holds tomorrow. And if we let him lead the way, we are sure not to get lost. For in the Bible, Jesus said,

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Try listening to the compelling song below. Who knows, you might be re-directed to God at once?

Sung by the bluegrass-country singer and musician Alison Krauss, “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” speaks of the singer’s unknowing about what tomorrow may bring. At the same time, it expresses her strong belief in Him who holds it. And as the walk goes further, with him holding her hands, a beautiful sight of the future becomes more visible.

I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day
I don’t borrow from its sunshine, For its skies may turn to gray
I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said
And today I’ll walk beside Him, for He knows what is ahead

 Every step is getting brighter, As the golden stairs I climb
Every burden’s getting lighter; Every cloud is silver lined
There the sun is always shining, There no tear will dim the eye
At the ending of the rainbow, Where the mountains touch the sky

Writing of the Lyrics

American gospel music songwriter Ira Forest Stanphill penned the lyrics of the song in 1950.  A religious blog said that Stanphill’s writing of the song happened at the time his first marriage was on the rocks. His wife’s decision to give up their relationship and pursue an entertainment career of her choice left him in despair. But one day, in the midst of his blues, Stanphill began humming a tone until such formed into words. He then started singing them. And as soon as he got to his office, he swiftly turned to the piano. He wrote down the lyrics and ended up with a beautiful and evocative song.

Meanwhile, the track’s album won the Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country of Bluegrass Gospel Album in 1995. Also, another country music artist, LeAnn Rimes, covered the song two years later.

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