Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Father, In Thy Mysterious Presence

I was trying not to get my hopes too high, but I was wishing we'd be able to go to church together as a family last Sunday. The day before Ed was so uncomfortable sitting that he didn't expect to go to church, but on Sunday he felt good enough to try.

All ready for church.

Ed still has a lot of pain in his hip, but it seems to be improving slowly. Yesterday (Monday) he went to work all day. He would be quick to say that the fact that he was bodily present at work doesn't mean he worked all day. He is under restrictions on how much he can lift for six weeks after surgery and still gets tired quickly and needs to rest. But today marks two weeks since his brain surgery. I think the fact that he feels well enough to want to work is amazing.

A friend recently gave us the cd "Faith To Carry On" by The King Family. So many of the songs on this recording have been meaningful to us these weeks.

One of the songs "Father, In Thy Mysterious Presence" Ed knew, but it was unfamiliar to me. I love how this prayer song admits my need for God's power in my life.

Father, In Thy Mysterious Presence
by Samuel Johnson
#136 in Hymns of the Church

Father, in Thy mysterious presence kneeling,
Fain would our souls feel all Thy kindling love;
For we are weak, and need some deep revealing
Of trust and strength and calmness from above.

Lord, we have wandered forth through doubt and sorrow,
And Thou hast made each step an onward one.
And we will ever trust each unknown morrow,
Thou wilt sustain us till its work is done.

Now, Father, now in Thy dear presence kneeling,
Our spirits yearn to feel Thy kindling love.
Now make us strong, we need Thy deep revealing
Of trust and strength and calmness from above.

You can listen to the song on YouTube. (If reading by email, click over on the blog to listen.)

There are many other wonderful songs on the "Faith To Carry On" cd. I could never choose a favorite. I shared this hymn because it is old enough I didn't have to worry about copyright infringement. You can purchase this cd at Scroll Publishing or listen to other songs from the cd on YouTube.


  1. Simply amazing - Great pictures of the Ed and the children!

  2. Im always eager to read updates and so thankful Ed is doing so well. What an amazing miracle. I love the King family singing as well and we are blessed to have one of the ladies teach at our school. Prayers continue for you.

  3. My heart goes out to you. My uncle suffered from a brain tumor much like this. But the man lived years after his surgery and died from a completely different condition at the age of 82. I pray for you and you family.

  4. I am in awe of the courage and strength that you both show us in such difficult circumstances. Your faith is an encouragement to me. Thank you.

  5. Thank you for the updates. My prayers continue.

    Thank you for telling us about this CD. My friend has cancer in multiple sites as well as bad reactions to her treatments. I've been looking for good CD for her. This one sounds good.

  6. I have been very much enjoying reading your blog. I look forward to the updates. Thank you for your kindness in posting a link to our website in this update.


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