Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Song

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Helen H. Lemmel

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Thro' death into life ever lasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu'rors we are!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

His word shall not fail you He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Helen Howarth Lemmel was born in England in 1863. She eventually married a wealthy man who left her once she became blind. At age 55 she heard a statement that inspired her hymn. "So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness." She wrote the verses of the hymn the same week as it was "dictated to her by the Holy Spirit". She had a family friend write down all of her hymns before she forgot them because she had no way of writing. She wrote nearly 500 hymn and passed away in 1961 a few days before her 98th birthday.

*Hymn history is taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan.

24 comments:

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Such a great song! I love your Sunday song posts!

Emily said...

That is a beautiful song.... I don't believe I have heard this one before.

Susan said...

What a great way to start my Sunday! Thanks for sharing:)

Vashti said...

LOVE this hymn. thanks so much for sharing
V x

lindanuts said...

so beautiful......

Sunny said...

I go to a contemporary church now but grew up in a Southern Baptist church where every Sunday we sang hymns. I miss that about the Baptist church. I love this song. I love too that you do these posts and give the history lesson with them. It is always neat to read them. Thanks!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

That is a great song! I also posted a song on my blog today...great minds think alike! Come check it out.

God Bless You!
Darlene

Southern Fried Gal said...

Awesome reminder! Thanks for sharing!

Grammy and Olivia said...

Oh I love that song. When I was a kid, we closed every Sunday evening worship service singing that song. What a nice reminder.

Elise said...

What a great song-the words...
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Whitney said...

I love this song. LOVE LOVE LOVE - I was just humming it the other day!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

I think I say this every week but this really is one of my all time favorite hymns!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Beautiful! The song is even more powerful after hearing the story behind it. Thank you for sharing.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Lea

Lorie said...

What a beautiful song.

Sandy said...

That is one of my favorite hymns!

LovesPINKandPEARLS said...

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JuJu and Family said...

I love this song,... I haven't seen/heard it since gradeschool...too long. Take care

Heather said...

I never knew the history of this! It has long been one of my favorite hymns though.
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Have a great day!
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Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love that post-very inspiring, and uplifting...beautiful.

The Chatty Housewife said...

I love the Jadon Lavik version of this.... :)

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Fabiola said...

What a wonderful song!!!

I hope Katie is feeling even better today.

Fabiola

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favorite songs--always has been. It means even more knowing the background. Today I really needed to be reminded of who to look toward when my soul is weary and troubled. I see no light in the darkness with what I am dealing with, and I need to have my focus back on God.

Thank you!