#187: Blest Be the Tie That Binds


(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.


Blest be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love!

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.


Before our Father’s throne

We pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,

Our comforts ad our cares.


We share our mutual woes,

Our mutual burdens bear;

And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear.


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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