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Who is Lina Sandbell Berg?

Psalm 46:1 God is my refuge and strength, An ever present help in trouble. (NIV)

 Born on October 3, 1832, Carolina Sandbell Berg, a young Swedish woman, learned that when pain and tragedy strike, God may allow    trouble to help us grow. When she was 26 years old, she and her Father, a pastor, were traveling on a boat across a lake when the boat lurched and her Father fell overboard.  In hopeless horror she watched him drowned before anyone could rescue him.

When this incident happened Lina could have let it destroy her or give her greater faith in Christ through the tragedy.  She chose to grow in the Lord and give her new sensitivity in her music.

Her Mother died three years later.  When she married, her first child died.  These circumstances continued to build her faith.

During her lifetime, she wrote 650 hymns.  “Children of the Heavenly Father” is the one that is most familiar to English-speaking congregations.  Listen to the verse and imagine Lina thinking of her Father’s death as she writes, /”Neither life nor death shall ever/From the Lord His children sever/ Unto them His grace He showeth,/ And their sorrows all He knoweth.”*

Lord Jesus, help us today to decide to know you better. Amen

*some info. from sermonwriter.com/hymn-stories/children-heavenly-father

Carolyn M. Steele st.petrie  January 2019


Proverbs 3:5,6

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.”    Proverbs 3:5,6      

As we celebrate the birth of our nation this month, may we lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty God in our personal lives as well as offer prayers for our country.  As the old hymn by Helen Lemmel says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  Look to the Lord for the future and not just for quick fixes.

What really does matter?  Bottom Line – It’s Jesus Christ –embracing Him as your Savior and sticking close to Him.

He promises to always be with us!

~Carolyn M. Steele  (reprinted  from July 2018)