All the promises of God.@2 Corinthians 1:20

Introduction

Words & Music: Na­ta­lie A. Sleeth, 1986 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Natalie A. Sleeth
(1930–1992)

Sleeth wrote this se­lec­tion in Feb­ru­ary 1985 as a chor­al an­them, and lat­er adapt­ed it as a hymn. She wrote that she was:

…pondering the death of a friend (life and death, death and re­sur­rec­tion), pon­der­ing win­ter and spring (seem­ing op­po­sites), and a T. S. Eliot poem which had the phrase, In our end is our be­gin­ning. These seem­ing­ly con­tra­dic­to­ry pairs led to the the­sis of the song and the hope­ful mes­sage that out of one will come the oth­er when­ev­er God choos­es to bring that about.

Natalie’s hus­band, Dr. Ron­ald Sleeth, heard Hymn of Pro­mise short­ly be­fore he died, and asked that it be sung at his fun­er­al.

Lyrics

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.