William and Ardythe Petersen, in their book, The Complete Book of Hymns share this about the song I Don’t Know About Tomorrow and its author, Ira Stanphill:
Though he wrote about 400 gospel songs during his lifetime, he had gone through a long period where he produced nothing at all. But this song became a testimony to God’s faithfulness, and marked a new start for him.
You can read more about the song I Don’t Know About Tomorrow and what the Petersens have to say about it in a biblical context HERE.
We struggle when hearing of troubling medical news for dear friends, pandemic effects, hunger challenges and so many other difficulties. This statement of trust near the end of the article shares good perspective (though not always easy to see in the midst of the terrible storms in life)
Rather than counting on material things, as we look to the Lord, we can trust Him to take the “all things” of life–whether of pains or pleasures–and weave them together into something that is ultimately good and beautiful, using them to make us more like the Lord Jesus.
The song I Don’t Know About Tomorrow has been performed by various artists. The rendition HERE by the musical group The Petersens is touching (same name as the book authors – maybe distant relatives?) Definitely worth a listen.
May this day provide evident fruits of the Spirit in “all things” for you and those you love … for we know who holds our hand…
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