Anne Steele’s mother died at age 3, she became an invalid at 19, and at age 21 her husband drowned the day before she was to be married. Many of her hymns were written from learning to depend upon Him in this grief. Only a heart that truly knows peace and rest in Him and not life’s circumstances could have written these words. The blessed assurance that His love is the same whether in loss and grief, or joy and gain.
My God, my Father, blissful Name!
O may I call Thee mine?
May I, with sweet assurance, claim
A portion so divine?
This only can my fears control,
And bid my sorrows fly:
What harm can ever reach my soul,
Beneath my Father’s eye?
Whate’er Thy providence denies,
I calmly would resign;
For Thou art just, and good, and wise;
O bend my will to Thine.
Whate’er Thy sacred will ordains,
O give me strength to bear;
And let me know my Father reigns,
And trust His tender care.
If pain and sickness rend this frame,
And life almost depart,
Is not Thy mercy still the same,
To cheer my drooping heart?
If cares and sorrows surround,
Their power why should I fear?
My inward peace they cannot wound,
If thou, my God, art near.
– Written by Anne Steele
“In acceptance lieth peace…” – Amy Carmichael
“In pain setteth the jewel of His joy.” – Lilias Trotter
1Pe_4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
2Co_8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.