Remembering my Lovely Mum, Ella Hutchinson, on the First Anniversary of her Passing

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As I write, I am remembering the sad events of this time last year… but also rejoicing in that the Lord has been my Refuge, my Comforter and Confidant in a time of sorrow. A few days ago something really amazing happened. I was in tears, just thinking about Mum and how much I missed her, when suddenly I found an old notebook with Mum’s words written on the back of it…

“Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father’s throne

Make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief,

My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!”

Clutching the little notebook, I just sat down with tears running down my cheeks. “In seasons of distress and grief…” Yes! These words were meant for me… and prayer is what the Lord wanted from me, as He comforted me in my sorrow. I decided to look up the hymn and found some lovely renditions of it by choirs and individuals, one of which I have inserted below.

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

The joys I feel, the bliss I share,

Of those whose anxious spirits burn

With strong desires for thy return!

With such I hasten to the place

Where God my Saviour shows His face,

And gladly take my station there,

And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

Thy wings shall my petition bear

To Him whose truth and faithfulness

Engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since He bids me seek His face,

Believe His Word and trust His grace,

I’ll cast on Him my every care,

And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

May I thy consolation share,

Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,

I view my home and take my flight.

This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise

To seize the everlasting prize,

And shout, while passing through the air,

“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

 

Link to “Sweet Hour of Prayer” by a soloist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lefTBxW4ogM

Above is a painting which Mum gave to me some years ago as a present. Based on the words of Philippians 4v8, it inspires and challenges me in the onward march of life. How good to leave inspiring words and evidence of the talents that the Lord has given each one of us – to speak on in love to others long after we have “dropped this robe of flesh” and risen “to seize the everlasting prize!” May His Name be praised.

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