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March 20, 2020

God be with you till we meet again | Standing Stone Ministry | Dan DeWitt with this Weekend’s Worldview Reader

“God Be With You Till We Meet Again” was written by Jeremiah Rankin in 1882 so his church choir could have something to sing when they parted each week. Rankin was the minister for the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C. and said this about the hymn, “Written…as a Christian goodbye, it was called forth by no person or occasion, but was deliberately composed as a Christian hymn on basis of the etymology of “goodbye,” which is “God be with you.” He got the idea for the first stanza of the song when he saw the dictionary definition of “good-bye” was short for “God be with you.” 

During the first and second world wars, many postcards were printed with hymn lyrics to help soldiers in battle feel at ease. One such postcard was a colorful picture of soldiers going to battle with the following verse: 

“God be with you till we meet again; keep love’s banner floating o’er you, smite death’s threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again.”

While the original hymn had eight verses, it is verses 1, 2, 4, and 7 that are generally heard in congregations. The one most of us know? 

God be with you till we meet again , By his counsels guide, uphold you 

With his sheep securely fold you, God be with you till we meet again

Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again,

Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet, Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again, 

God be with you till we meet again

Many of us are not meeting in person with our churches, church small groups or Sunday School classes. And the distance is starting to wear on us. We genuinely miss the fellowship of the saints! 

Carmen talks today with Shaun Dean of Standing Stone Ministry about the challenges pastors, ministry leaders and their spouses face. They also discuss practical ways you and I can serve those in leadership by recognizing they are human and need support and encouragement in the midst of wonderful but wearisome work.

In the second half, Carmen talks with Dan DeWitt about what he’s got posted at in this week’s Weekend Worldview Reader. They focus in on an article in The Atlantic about the NIH Director, Francis Collins. What starts out as a article on the Coronavirus includes a look at Collins’ faith and his unlikely friendship with Christopher Hitchins.

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