As I have been working on a new hymn study each month, I find it very interesting to know how the song came into being. Sometimes they are written by people who made a career of writing songs, but often there are personal stories that led to the writing of the hymn. I think it is incredible to see how God works through so many situations.
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Hymn Story: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less was written by Edward Mote with the music composed by William Bradbury. Mote was a Baptist minister and, on his way to work one morning, had the idea to write on the “Gracious Experience of a Christian.” He had written the four verses by the end of the day.
Later in the week, he visited a friend and his very sick wife. They did not have a hymnal, so he took out his new song and sang with them as support and encouragement. The woman was so touched by the music that she asked for a copy of it. Mote wrote two additional verses (which are not typically included in modern hymnals) and then sent if off to the publisher.
Activities for My Hope is Build on Nothing Less
When our family does a hymn study, we like to start by simply listening to various versions of the hymn. This allows us to get familiar with the tune and the lyrics. I have included some great examples of this song in the resources at the end of the post.
Next, we like to use the lyrics for copywork. This helps my children memorize the songs and gives us good handwriting practice.
If your students enjoy music and play a musical instrument, you can have them learn the hymn on their instrument of choice. My daughter loves to play the different hymns on her violin, and you can even use an inexpensive recorder to play the melody.
Finally, we love to add art to our hymn studies. You do various activities, but if you want something simple but structured, I highly recommend the hymn lessons (included in the clubhouse membership) from Nana over at You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. She has a beautiful lighthouse acrylic (that can also be done in chalk pastels) to accompany this hymn.
If you want to take this hymn study deeper, you could look up verses related to the hymn, pray through the lyrics of the hymn, or even do a nature study on the sand and talk about what the phrase ‘sinking sand’ means in nature and in the spiritual sense.
Hymn study is a great way to learn and worship together as a family. We know that music stays with us for many years, and we can lean on those lyrics during difficult days. Do not feel that you must make your hymn study long or complicated. You can spend as much or as little time as you want on a given song. Just enjoy learning and praising God with your children.
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