(God Will Take Care of You) Civilla Durfee Martin (1869-1948) wrote this hymn while confined to bed because of illness in 1904. At the time, she and her husband, a Baptist minister, were working at the Practical Bible Training School, Lestershire, New York, to compile a songbook for the school's president.
Civilla D. Martin was born in Jordan, Nova Scotia, Canada, on August 21, 1869. She began her career as a schoolteacher in her native country and contributed her musical abilities to her husband's traveling evangelistic campaigns. Martin died in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 9, 1948.
Walter Stillman Martin (1862-1935) was given this poem by his wife when he returned home from a preaching assignment. He immediately sat down and composed this tune for it one Sunday afternoon. It is named MARTIN here but appears as GOD CARES in some sources.
W. Stillman Martin was born in Massachusetts and educated at Harvard University. He was ordained to the Baptist ministry but later moved to the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Martin was professor of Bible at Atlantic Christian College, North Carolina, until the end of his life.
The following is an excerpt from
Feasting on the Word Worship Companion.
Each Sunday we’ll provide you with the scripture texts for the week, some questions you can use for reflection and morning & evening prayers for your convenience.
“I will not let you go,” said Jacob to the night stranger, “unless you bless me.” What does it mean to struggle for a blessing—from others or from God? How does that struggle manifest itself in your life?