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A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalBlest Be the Tie 

Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
we pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes our aims are one,
our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual woes,
our mutual burdens bear,
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.

From sorrow, toil, and pain,
and sin we shall be free, a
nd perfect love and fellowship
reign through eternity.

By John Fawcett

  •  What is the value of a relationship when things are going your way? What is the value when your life is difficult? What difference does it make if the relationships are with Christians or non-Christians?
  • Each of us prays “ardent prayers” privately in time alone with God. What difference does it make if other people pray with us or for us?
  • What happens when you tell a loving friend your troubles? What happens when there is nobody to tell and you feel completely alone? Why do we need friends who share our faith in Christ?
  • The hymnwriter looks forward to a future when we don’t have trouble but we do have friends. Where did he get that idea? What is the value of friends in that setting?