1 Children of the heav'nly Father,
safely in His bosom gather;
nestling bird nor star in heaven
such a refuge e’er was given.
2 God His own doth tend and nourish;
in His holy courts they flourish.
From all evil things He spares them;
in His mighty arms He bears them.
3 Neither life nor death shall ever
from the Lord His children sever;
unto them His grace He showeth,
and their sorrows all He knoweth.
4 Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
to preserve them pure and holy.
Source: Hymns to the Living God #307
|First Line:||Children of the heavenly Father|
|Title:||Children of the Heavenly Father|
|Swedish Title:||Tryggare kan ingen vara|
|Author:||Carolina Sandell (1855)|
|Translator:||Ernst W. Olson|
|Copyright:||© 1925 Board of Publication Lutheran Church of America, ren. 1963, admin. Augsburg Fortress|
|Liturgical Use:||Scripture Songs|
The text of this hymn was written by written by Lina Sandell-Berg, a Swedish Gospel hymn writer. Sandell-Berg found inspiration for many of her hymns in the tragic death of her father, which she was unfortunate enough to witness. There seems to be little doubt that “Children of the Heavenly Father,” was one of these tragedy-inspired hymns. It reassures the people that there is an eternal father who can never be taken from us in life or death—a father that comforts, protects, tends and nourishes unceasingly.
The tune for this hymn is called TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA. The exact composer is unknown, but the tune is probably a Swedish folk song— although variations on the tune are known to have been in Germany in the early 1800’s. One nice feature of this tune is that it requires little or no accompaniment, and works well for part-singing.
Although this hymn fits well into many occasions, it might especially be suited funerals due to its comforting and reassuring words. This is a gentle, flowing hymn meant to soothe and provide comfort. It should not be rushed through, but should instead focus on the words.
Suggested music for this hymn:
Luke Getz Hymnary.org