Scripture Verse

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Introduction

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Dan­i­el B. Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 32.

Music: Mar­i­co­pa James H. Ro­se­crans, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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James H. Rosecrans
(1843–1926)

Lyrics

Why should we be always giving―
Giving money, giving love?
Jesus loves the cheerful giver,
He will bless us from above.

Refrain

Let us give with joy and gladness,
Give with generous heart and hand;
Giving brings the Savior’s blessing,
Let us give at His command.

Why should we be always giving―
Sending gifts so far away?
There they need the news of Jesus,
Millions die while we delay.

Refrain

Why should we be always giving?
Jesus freely gives to all;
Every day and every moment,
His uncounted mercies fall.

Refrain

Why should we be always giving?
’Tis a joy like that above;
Blessings shared are blessings doubled,
Giving always goes with love.

Refrain