Scripture Verse

We see through a glass, darkly. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Introduction

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Lawrence J. Munson (1878–1950)

Words: Ger­trude B. Cur­tis, in Con­cordia: A Col­lec­tion of Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, ed­ite­d by An­dre­as Ber­sa­gel, Vig­leik E. Boe & Sven Ol­sen Sig­mond (Min­ne­a­po­lis, Min­ne­so­ta: Augs­burg Pub­lish­ing House, 1918), num­ber 152.

Music: Nii­ga­ta Law­rence J. Mun­son, 1915 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cur­tis (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

I cannot always see the way that leads to heights above,
And sometimes I forget He leads me on with hand of love,
But yet I know the path must lead me to Immanuel’s land,
And when I leave life’s summit I shall know and understand.

I cannot always trace the onward course my ship must take,
But, looking backward, I behold afar its shining wake
Illumined with God’s light of love, and so I onward go,
In perfect trust that He who holds the helm the course must know.

I cannot always see the plan on which He builds my life,
For oft the sound of hammers, blow and blow the noise of strife
Confuse me till I quite forget He knows and oversees.
And that in all details, with His good plan my life agrees.

I cannot always know and understand the Master’s rule;
I cannot always do the tasks He gives in life’s hard school;
But I am learning with His help to solve them, one by one.
And when I cannot understand, to say Thy will be done.