150 yrs ago, a young Boston woman married a printer,
and they happily had 3 kids. But the Civil war ended their happiness
as Mary’s husband was conscripted into the Northern Army
and died at the battle of Antietam. Next, her 12-year-old son drowned,
and then her only daughter died too.
In her grief, Mary Ann Kidder turned to writing hymns of faith that helped millions of others. In total, she wrote 181 worship songs.
This one is called... Did You Think to Pray?
When you left your room this morning, Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Savior, did you ask for loving favor,
As a shield today?
When you met with great temptation, did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit, Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay?
When your heart was filled with anger, did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother, that you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
When strong trials came upon you, did you think to pray?
When your heart was filled with sorrow, did the love of Christ you borrow
At the gates today?