Sweet Hour of Prayer

By Theresa Calderini on February 12th, 2013 »

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What began as a desire to use a song sheet in a card, turned into a day spent pouring over the words of this hymn, and recognizing the opportunity for a deeper, more meaningful prayer life with God. When I decide to create a card / card set that shares my faith, I am able to spend time reading Scripture, listening to music, talking with my Heavenly Father and creating. I’ve learned that if I don’t willingly enter into a place where I can close off the world and be alone with God, my ability to create is affected. I’m blessed to have this special time with Father, it is precious and sweet to me.

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I grew up singing this song and hearing my father play it on the marimba. If I close my eyes, I can still picture him there, softly moving the mallets across the wooden keys, the music is so sweet, the words deeply beautiful in their meaning. If you Google the hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer” you’ll find an interesting story worth reading. There is question as to whom the original writer is but there is no mistaking the message delivered through each verse.

Here are the words:

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
that calls me from a world of care, 
and bids me at my Father’s throne 
make all my wants and wishes known. 
In seasons of distress and grief, 
my soul has often found relief, 
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare 
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
the joys I feel, the bliss I share 
of those whose anxious spirits burn 
with strong desires for thy return.
With such I hasten to the place 
where God my Savior shows his face, 
and gladly take my station there, 
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
thy wings shall my petition bear 
to him whose truth and faithfulness 
engage the waiting soul to bless. 
And since he bids me seek his face, 
believe his word, and trust his grace, 
I’ll cast on him my every care, 
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

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Altered cigar box with cards in box. Cover of box is displayed in the front

When I listened to the song in various places, I heard another verse which I couldn’t find in the hymnals:

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
May I thy consolation share
Till from Mount Pisgah’s loft height
I’ll view my home and take my flight.
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout while passing through the air,
Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!

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Cards placed inside of box with lid pulled out

I’m not sure if there were three original verses and one came later, or, which one actually came later but that isn’t really important. What’s important is the message woven through each verse, speaking to us of a beautiful place of communication, fellowship and safety with our Father.

Each hour, when we lean on Jesus can be a “Sweet hour of prayer”.”

This is a set of four card which come with a keepsake box made from a cigar box. Each card has one of the verses on it and since I found 4 verse, I was able to create four cards! The Cigar box was altered to match the cards and is a wonderful place to keep them until they are given away. The box can then become a keepsake box, possibly for other cards or maybe some prayer cards!

I enjoyed creating this set, but not as much as I enjoyed my time with Father. I know you’ll understand what I mean and I pray you’ll agree!

If you’d like to listen to the song “Sweet hour of prayer”, here’s the link to one that I enjoy!

 

 

 

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8 Responses

  1. Maggie S says:

    Just gorgeous Theresa. I’ve always loved that song and we also sing it in my church. So glad that you had that time to meditate on the words and grow closer to your Heavenly Father.

  2. Cyn says:

    This is just lovely – a beautiful song and beautiful artwork.

  3. Corr says:

    Your project is beautiful!

  4. Theresa, this is just beautiful. Love the hymn memory box and thank you for sharing the inspiring lyrics to the song.

  5. WOW! Such a beautiful song and I love the artwork. God bless you! I hope your day was blessed!

  6. Oh your bow is just stunning! Thanks for joining in with IBS!

  7. Leah C. says:

    Beautiful card and what a lovely song! Your bow is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at the IBS Bow hop!

  8. Stunning bow [s] — beautiful set of cards! Thanks for joining in with IBS bow challenge!

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