Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Words by John Fawcett, 1740-1817
Music by Hans G. Naegeli, 1773-1836
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.
We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.
This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.
From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.
I love this old hymn. It’s been a favorite of mine since my teen years.
I don’t think we ever sang it in our last church that we attended for many years, though I know it was in the hymnal, yet I never forgot it. I’ve often played it on the piano at home, singing softly to myself, quietly meditating on the sweet message in those words penned so very long ago.
I find myself humming it often, without even realizing it. And then when I realize it, I think about those close friends and family to whom I do share that bond of Christian love, and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them and the gift they are to me.
What a blessing it is to share our hearts, our woes, our prayers, our hopes, with other believers in Christ, others of kindred minds.
It’s my prayer today that every one of you reading this has that tie with another. We weren’t meant to walk this life alone.
Blessings to you today!