Stories Of How Hymns Have Made A Difference
“To God Be The Glory”
It was early July in 1987 when Joyce and I worshiped with a church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had traveled there with our 10-year-old son, Nathan, to consult with specialists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It was during this worship assembly that I first sang the hymn “To God Be The Glory”, a song led by my wife’s brother.
Just a few days earlier our pediatrician in Johnson City referred us to CCH. A large tumor was growing on Nathan’s leg. The fear, of course, was that the tumor was malignant. For about three weeks the diagnosis was unsure. Many scenarios raced through our minds; none of them were positive.
In the midst of this uncertainty and fear, the words of this hymn were like a shaft of bright sunlight: “To God be the glory, great things He has done … Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice.” I was reminded of occasions in the Bible when God did what no one considered possible. From that moment I began to experience the truth of Philippians 4:6,7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (ESV).
Nathan soon underwent surgery to remove the bone tumor from the shin of his leg. A few days later we were given the news – the tumor was benign! Nearly 30 years later, Nathan has had no similar episodes, and is a healthy and active husband and father of three sons.
What power hymns possess to remind us of Biblical truths, and to calm our troubled hearts!
Tim Hall, January 2017