A well told story is only made better by the fact that it's true! And the story of how this deeply moving hymn came to be in our hymnals is one of those where God's authorship becomes obvious. A prayer born of pain and grief, and a peace that passes all understanding, the hymn we sing today has a story worth telling well. And so... I won't be the one to do it!
Instead, I'm going to share this video with you of Hugh Bonneville telling the story as The Tabernacle Choir sings it along the way. And the next time we sing this song together at church, you'll know why my eyes shimmer with tears.
Enjoy! And God Bless You!