Can you believe Christmas is only two months away? Last Christmas I had the opportunity to hear my friend, Eric Schumacher, preach a sermon from the book of Ruth. He ended the service with this song he wrote below entitled, A Sweet and Pleasant Providence. The tune is "Carol" to which we typically sing the Christmas song, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." A Sweet and Pleasant Providence
Events that seem unfortunate May often line the way That God has paved to guide his saints To bright and happy days. Naomi's dismal hopelessness Was shown to be untrue. Remember this the next time God Deals bitterly with you.
In faith let your heart learn to trust That 'round the corner lies A sweet and pleasant providence Designed through sov'reign eyes. Like Ruth, take refuge in the Lord And rest beneath His wings, You do not know what God intends Nor what his kindness brings.
The cloud is black before it breaks And dark before it yields A flood of kindness over you To bloom your barren field. So turn your eyes upon the One That ev'ry good flows from, For in his great redemptive plan The best is yet to come!
Tune: Carol Text: (c) Eric M Schumacher Permission granted to reprint unaltered text in temporary, nonsalable worship media. For other uses, please contact the author.