Singing Hymns in the Dark

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 14:26-31

The last thing Jesus and his little band of followers do before leaving the Upper Room and walking out into the dark night of betrayal and arrest, suffering and death, is to sing a hymn. I wonder what hymn they sang.

In a hospital one night, about 2 o’clock in the morning, a lovely Christian woman who had been battling cancer, dying an inch at a time, finally breathed her last. Family members and friends from church were crowded around the bed. There was a moment of silence. Some quiet sobbing. Then someone, I don’t know who, starting singing, softly and slowly, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” One by one we all joined in, the words floating down the darkened hospital corridors, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father, there is no shadow of turning with thee. . . .” And when we had sung the hymn, we went out, revitalized.

Simple worship is powerful. Spirits are replenished, confidence restored. Believers gather and remind each other in speech and song of the mighty acts of God. Then, let the world do its worst!

Discussion: Which hymns speak most meaningfully to you?


Thank you, Father, for a place to worship, and people to worship with on both bright and dark days. Amen.