God Abides with Us
We all have favorite seasons, times of the year, days of the week, and times of the day. Some people love the still darkness of the early morning before the sun rises. Others love the tranquility of the evening as the sun sets. I myself love every season and all times of the year. I have always enjoyed waking on Monday mornings with a full week of work ahead, because I love my work. Being an early riser, I enjoy the quiet and the anticipation of the day ahead. However, my favorite time is the remains of the day as the sun sets, when I get to return home to my beloved wife and children, and, by God’s sustaining grace, I have made it through one more day and am thus one day nearer to my heavenly home. Perhaps partially for that reason, one of my favorite hymns has long been the nineteenth-century hymn “Abide with Me” by Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847).