Abiding: dwelling; remaining; continuing; enduring; waiting
(from Webster's Amercan Dictionary of the English Language--1828)
Our hymn this week was written by Henry Lyte in 1847. The tune is EVENTIDE by William Monk, written in 1861.
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me!
Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joy grow dim, His glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me!
I need thy presence ev'ry passing hour;
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Thro' cloud and sunshine, O abide with me!
Hold thou thy cross before me closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heav'ns morning breaks and earth vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!
O, Lord, please dwell, continue, remain and endure in me, with me and for me. I need Your help, Your changeless Presence, Your guidance and Your direction each and every day, each and every moment.