‘When In Our Music God Is Glorified’ 

William W. Walford, an unknown, blind lay preacher from Warwickshire, England composed the poem that has resonated in our hearts for many years, Sweet Hour of Prayer. The story goes that one day in 1842, Walford’s friend, Thomas Salmon, a fellow cleric, stopped by his shop and it was there that Walford asked Salmon to write down the poem that he had composed. From there the poem made its way to the U.S. and across the desk of the editor of the New York Observer

It was subsequently printed on September 13, 1845. About 15 years after this poem was printed, New York composer William Bradbury began composing a tune for the poem. Sadly, Walford never heard Bradbury’s finished composition. This beloved hymn of the church has given great comfort in times of chaos, turmoil, and confusion. May you ponder these words this week, and may they be a blessing to you. 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father's throne 

make all my wants and wishes known. In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter's snare 

by thy return, sweet hour of prayer! 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! the joys I feel, the bliss I share
of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires for thy return! With such I hasten to the place where God my Savior shows his face, and gladly take my station there, 

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer! 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! thy wings shall my petition bear
to him whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face, believe his word, and trust his grace,
I'll cast on him my every care, 

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer! 

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Grace and peace, Dakota