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
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