Paul Gerhardt, the 17th century German preacher, was also a great composer of hymns, During the “Thirty Year War” that ravaged central Europe, Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home.
One night as they huddled in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort her, Gerhardt reminded her of God’s promises of provision and protection. Then, going out to the garden to be alone, he too broke down and wept. He had come to his darkest hour. Soon afterward, however, Gerhardt felt the burden lifted and sensed anew the Lord’s presence. Taking his pen, he wrote this hymn: Continue reading