God Holds the Future in His Hands

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1 Dread not the things that are ahead,
The burdens great, the sinking sands,
The thorns that o’er the path are spread,
God holds the future in His hands.

God holds the future in His hands,
And ev'ry heart He understands;
On Him depend; He is your Friend;
He holds the future in His hands.

2 We know not what tomorrow hides,
Of sun or storm, or good or ill;
We only know His dear hand guides
And He will be our Father still. [Chorus]

3 His hand created earth and sky,
The zephyrs and the storms that rage,
And years to come and years gone by
To Him are but an open page. [Chorus]

4 Live close to Him and trust His love,
Assured that while on earth we roam,
Whate’er may come, He bends above
To guide His children safely home. [Chorus]

Source: The New Wonderful Songs for Work and Worship #67

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Dread not the things that are ahead
Title: God Holds the Future in His Hands
Author: James Rowe (1922)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: God holds the future in His hands
Publication Date: 1922
Copyright: Public Domain



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