An Old Hymn for Today’s Mothers

May 8, 2011

Some of you may remember the old hymn:

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

And the stirring refrain:

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

What I didn’t know until today was that while the famous Baptist hymn-writer Robert Lowry wrote the music, the words were written by a hitherto unknown mother and housewife named Annie Hawks. Cyberhymnal quotes her:

Annie Hawks

One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me.

So on this Mother’s Day, it seemed fitting to give busy mothers this blessing: As you go about your busy days of being servant-leaders, may you also become “so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master.”

How do you — especially you moms — experience the presence of God in the midst of your busy life? Share your tips below.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.