Children of Our Heavenly Father
Children of our Heav’nly Father
Safely in his bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.
Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord his children sever;
Unto them his grace he showeth,
And their sorrows all he knoweth.
Though he giveth or he taketh,
God his children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.
Text: Caroline V. Sandell-Berg, 1832–1903; trans. by Ernst W. Olson, 1870–1958. English translation © Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America. Used by permission.
Music: Traditional Swedish melody
for I am in your midst,
and I have not forsaken you;
And inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me,
the blessings of the kingdom are yours.