Hymns: Thou, whose almighty word

In him there was life, and that life was the light of all people. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.” – John 1:4-5

The tune for the following hymn has been going round in my head for a while now. And it was really frustrating me because I could barely remember any of the words. As it turns out, the words are just as good as the tune.

This hymn seems so full of hope – with each verse ending with “Let there be light”. In the third verse, we are reminded that God can work anywhere, even in the darkest places and situations. The final verse prays for God’s light and love across the whole world – something that often feels sorely needed.

But it’s the first verse that I particularly like, in this case.

Thou, whose almighty word
Chaos and darkness heard,
And took their flight;
Hear us, we humbly pray,
and where the gospel-day
Shines not its glorious ray,
Let there be light.”

As well as asking for God’s love to manifest itself everywhere, to me it also highlights why I’m part of CU. A large part of what CU does is evangelism, and this verse is a brilliant reminder of why we do it. The gospel is there – it is such a fundamental part of our faith and it gives such hope and joy.

It’s also a reminder that so many people don’t know the gospel. And given as how I was brought up in a Christian household, going to Church every Sunday, and never knowing a time when I didn’t know Jesus, I think I’ve probably taken it for granted a little too much. But that’s why it’s so important to let others know about Jesus. So that they too can have the privilege of knowing God and His everlasting love.


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