A Song To Sweeten Our Sorrows

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“After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”  (Mark 14:26 NASB)

One treasured memory of my childhood is hearing my mother sing as she went about her daily tasks.  As we grew older, she taught us those songs and we sang them in the car when we went on family outings.  Most of them were songs she learned when she sang in the church choir and some that reminded her of her Puerto Rican homeland.

Just before I got married and left home to come to Georgia, my mom confessed to me that when she came to live in New York City as a young bride, she was homesick and afraid of living in so huge a metropolis.  She said that singing those songs gave her courage to face each day.

Recently, I read an article about two Christian women, Gisela Wieberdink-Söhnlein and Hetty Voûte who were arrested in Amsterdam for hiding Jewish children in World War II.  They were sent to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, Germany in 1944.  To survive there and at Vught Camp, where they were later transferred, they wrote and sang songs.  The songs offered comfort to their fellow inmates, were a source of entertainment, and provided a distraction from the ugliness and brutality that surrounded them.  Both women survived the war.

Remembering my Mom’s story and reading about these women brought to mind the hymn that says:

God of grace and God of glory.

On Thy people pour Thy power;

Crown Thine ancient church’s story,

Bring her bud to glorious flower,

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,

For the facing of this hour.

No matter how small or how great our suffering, the Lord grants us grace for each day and each hour.  What a wonderful God we serve!

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Before going to the Mount of Olives, Jesus sang with his disciples.  It is clear by the verses that follow that He knew Golgotha awaited Him beyond that garden of prayer.  Then, You sent an angel to strengthen Him, and He was able to say: “Your will be done.” Thank You for sending us Jesus. As we wait for the fulfillment of your promise to receive us in your kingdom, put a song on our lips, and strengthen our resolve, so that we will live a life that is pleasing to you.

In His precious and holy name,



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4 responses to “A Song To Sweeten Our Sorrows

  1. carolyn dubberly


  2. I know, I keep humming that hymn in my head! I’m very blessed to get Carmen’s devotionals ahead of time and can read them while getting the post ready for Friday’s. They always bless me.

  3. I dropped by to see your blog after you ‘liked’ my recent post on Blogging. What that post didn’t indicate is that I’m a fellow sister in Christ. I love your blog. It’s full of uplifting content like this post about the strength available to us when we ‘encourage our hearts in the LORD through praise’. I will make my way through your book recommendations and also see what your pastor has been feeding you 🙂
    I have another blog at:


    I want to move that blog from blogger to WordPress because I find WP easier to use.
    I’m tempted by your cinnamon crisp recipe. Any recipes for blackberries? The wild blackberry vines near me are full of berries. Psalms 104:28
    Blog On for Jesus

    • Yes, I looked thru your blog some and found that you are a Christian and we share the same beliefs! This is another thing I’m really enjoying about blogging is meeting other Christians around the country and world! I love it.

      Yes, please do check out our preacher and listen to his sermons. He preaches the Word of God and makes no excuses for it either.

      When I started thinking about starting a blog for our Media Center, our Youth Pastor told me to use WordPress, he said it was the best and easiest to use. I’ve needed lots of help though, but I’m getting the hang of it.

      I re-blogged the post with the cinnamon crisp recipe and haven’t made them yet, but they do look yummy don’t they!

      And I hope you find some really great Christian books to read after seeing them on my blog. I love Christian fiction and please come back on August 1st and read the interview with Jennifer Erin Valent. She has only published this one 3-book series and we are giving away an autographed copy of the first one, Fireflies in December. I consider this series to be a “Christian fiction classic”. Wonderful books! So, come back and enter, you may be the winner!

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