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This hymn has had a profound influence on my life ever since I was a small child. In fact, one of my earliest memories (if not my very earliest memory) was of  me sitting at my parents feet in Venezuala and hearing mom and dad sing this song during “church” with the other families. It was my father’s favorite hymn and he always requested it during Sunday evening prayer service. Indeed, he loved it so much so that he chose it for their wedding song. At first glance, it seems rather gloomy and dour for a wedding song, but I think my father knew something going into marriage that was rather insightful and even pragmatic. Dad certainly believed that marriage has its joys, but he also understood that marriage exists in the greater context of life- and life can seem rather malicious at times. I remember my father telling me a few years after my own wedding that this song had carried him through many tough times: mom’s near death experience with malaria which prematurely ended their time in Venezuala, the death of his father, his struggle with addictions and mom’s bout with cancer. I’m sure it was on his mind even during the waning hours of his life. Throughout my life, this song has been an ever present alter on the shoulders of which many encounters with God have been memorialized. It is my ebenezer. Indeed, life may seem downright mean at times- but as the song says, God lovingly gives to each day what HE deems best. It’s part of pain and pleasure- mingling toil with peace and rest. I pray this blesses you as it has me.

Words: Karolina W. SandellBerg, 1865
Music: Blott en Dag, Oskar Ahnfelt, 1872

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

3 thoughts on “Day by Day

  1. Hope

    Thanks Aaron. What a precious reminder — and quite timely too.
    Each of the hymns you have shared have been most meaningful in my own life as well. I love the meat we find in the hymns and miss getting to sing them. Thankfully they still make up the songs in my heart. Sure do miss you all! Lots of love to you and your family.

    • Thanks Hope. I agree about the meat that we find in the hymns. Their absence has left a void in our worship. So many of our modern “worship” songs seem to be more about us than about God. We are intentionally passing these gems on to our children. We miss and love you too.

  2. bandageherveleger

    Thanks for the nice blog!I like this song and also I would like to share you with my favourite song ,I do not know wether it has a English version or not ,in chinse it it step by step!

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