I Need Thee Every Hour is a hymn written by Annie Hawkins in 1872. Unlike the other songs of old we have discussed on this blog, this hymn doesn't have a dramatic catalyst, but the story behind the words is so relevant and so powerful to many women I know today.
Annie, a 37 year old housewife and a mother of three was covered in the mundane of every day. One summer morning she was literally overwhelmed by the knowledge that she desperately depended on the Master she had served for years.
"I Need Thee Every Hour"
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 397
I need thee every hour,
most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine
can peace afford.
I need thee, O I need thee;
every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to thee.
I remember singing this song as a girl and rolling my eyes at the number of times I need thee was repeated. Turns out 20 times—at least the number of times I repeat those words as a 41-year-old woman—every day. How little did I realize the truth of those words. Annie didn't even realize the power behind her plea at the time, but later in life she explained her understanding following the death of her husband.
"I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace."
Amen, Annie, Amen.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.