I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Rominger, who has a large Moravian Sunday School in Bethlehem [Pennsylvania], wrote our hymn Thou art, O Christ, the light and life during his senior year in the theological seminary, after two years of serious conflict with doubt in its various phases and forms. His teachers were so firmly grounded in their own faith that he felt they were of little assistance to him. He was, therefore, compelled to fight his own battles back to vision and assurance. This hymn is a prayer of thanksgiving after he realized that through all of his wanderings there had been a guiding and sustaining hand.
Carl Fowler Price
The Christian Advocate, November 28, 1912
Thou art, O Christ, the light and life
Of all my soul’s aspiring hope,
Without that life in daily strife
I could not dare with sin to cope.
I have not strength to stand alone,
When storms of doubt and fears assail;
But Thou, yea, Thou, and Thou alone
Must o’er my doubts and fears prevail.
I have not courage to resist,
When Satan’s hosts attack me sore;
I must on Thee alone subsist,
Till sin and sorrow reign no more.
And when, in that bright realm above,
I see Thee ever face to face,
I’ll breathe the fragrance of Thy love,
I’ll sing the wonder of Thy grace.