Sometimes a light surprises

Sometimes a light surprises
  The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
  With healing in His wings;
When comforts are declining,
  He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
  To cheer it after rain.
In holy contemplation
  We sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation,
  And find it ever new;
Set free from present sorrow,
  We cheerfully can say—
E’en let the unknown morrow
  Bring with it what it may.
It can bring with it nothing,
  But He will bear us through;
Who gives the lilies clothing,
  Will clothe His people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens
  No creature but is fed;
And He, who feeds the ravens,
  Will give His children bread.
Though vine nor fig tree neither
  Their wonted fruit shall bear;
Though all the fields should wither
  Nor flocks nor herds be there;
Yet God the same abiding,
  His praise shall tune my voice,
For, while in Him confiding,
  I cannot but rejoice.
Efua Goode-Obeng Kyei

Accra, Ghana

Surely our faithful God will never fail. He who feeds the ravens will give His people bread. Jehovah Rophi, breath healing on us, Lord.

Our God is more than able.

Florence Amiesimaka


I love this song though not with this tune. It's assurance is clear. It comes with a lot of healing and challenge to trust in God.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

I prefer the tune, "Petition" by Franz Josef Haydn, which is what most hymnals use. The tune used here by Doane is too fast for the "holy contemplation" of this hymn.

Temi Bamgbose

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

This is one hymn that lifts my spirits each time I hear or sing it.

Oye Egbowon

Lagos, Nigeria

This song was one of my late dad's favourites, in the hymn-book, I find it soul-lifting, each time I go thru the verses.


Lagos, Nigeria

I love this hymn, it has been a blessing to my soul during difficult times.

Temi Davies

Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

Soul lifting hymn. God of our fathers!

Francis Egbo

Lagos, Nigeria

Oh my God! I'm alwys lifted each time I sing or hear this hymn. Inspirational and motivational.

Jumoke Okuwobi

Lagos, Nigeria

I always feel lifted any time I sing this hymn. Truly awesome!

Robert Adetokunboh Ishola

Lagos, Nigeria

The tune, Bently is the more traditional tune for this hymn. When I am confused or without illusion I sing this hymn and others that are related. They lift my spirit and I am calmed. I actually long to go back to the choir.