Great Is the Goodness of God

Kind is the hand of the Father of love

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Kind is the hand of the Father of love]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Kind is the hand of the Father of love,
Constantly sending His light from above,
Striving His tender compassion to prove;
Great is the goodness of God.

Chorus:
Sending the sunshine and sending the rain,
Giving the harvest of rich, golden grain;
Proving His mercies again and again,
Great is the goodness of God.

2 Many the blessings that daily He sends,
Many the talents He graciously lends,
From sin and evil my soul He defends,
Great is the goodness of God. [Chorus]

3 Giving salvation to all who believe,
Granting a pardon that all may receive,
Who can His love and His kindness conceive!
Great is the goodness of God. [Chorus]

4 For us in heaven preparing a place,
Where thro’ His wonderful, marvelous grace,
We shall behold Him, shall look on His face;
Great is the goodness of God. [Chorus]


Source: Light and Life Songs No. 3 #93

Author: Haldor Lillenas

Rv Haldor Lillenas DMus Norway/USA 1885-1959. Born at Stord, near Bergen, Norway, his father sold their 15 acre farm in Norway and emigrated to the U.S., buying a farm in Colton, SD. After he built a sod house, the family (wife and three chldren) also came to SD in 1887. They moved to Astoria, Oregon in 1889, where Lillenas learned English and began writing song lyrics at an early age. In 1900 the family moved again to Roseville, MN, where he worked as a farm laborer and began attending a Lutheran high school at Hawick, MN. He sold a few songs at age 19. At age 21 he began writing more songs, encouraged by some earlier ones becoming popular (“He set me free” was one). His mother died in 1906 and his father returned to ND, but Li… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Kind is the hand of the Father of love
Title: Great Is the Goodness of God
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Refrain First Line: Sending the sunshine and sending the rain
Copyright: Public Domain

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Light and Life Songs No. 3 #93

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Light and Life Songs No. 4 #93

The Christian Witness Songs #d73

Worship in Song #d140

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