#187: Blest Be the Tie That Binds

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

This particular song has a certain emotional attachment to it. My dad was a member of the Gideon’s International, and they used this song as the one sung at the end of meetings as a parting, holding hands in a circle. We also sang it at my dad’s memorial service. I never sing it without having flashing memories of those groups and the times I was with them when they did this.

1

Blest be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love!

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.

2

Before our Father’s throne

We pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,

Our comforts ad our cares.

3

We share our mutual woes,

Our mutual burdens bear;

And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear.

4

When we asunder part

It gives us inward pain;

But we shall still be joined in heart,

And hope to meet again.

 

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