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Meditation – ‘We have an Anchor’

Driving home last night, we listened (and, as we often do, sang along) to Robin Mark’s fine arrangement of the very old hymn, ‘We have an Anchor’; all about the Christian’s hope in Christ. I love this albeit rather short hymn, partly as it reminds me of my mother and particularly due to the strong imagery it conjures up in my mind of waves and rocks and ropes and anchors – all stirring stuff!

The words were written by Priscilla Jane Owens (1829-1899) and are dated 1874. The tune was composed by William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921) and he provided melodies for many other well-known songs including another moving hymn, ‘He Hideth My Soul” which, as a boy, I remember being sung by Burl Ives on an LP recording!

Here’s the hymn based on words from the New Testament (Hebrews 6:19); ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast’.

‘We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll. Fastened to the rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life? When the clouds unfold their wings of strife, when the strong tides lift and cables strain, will your anchor drift or firm remain’?

You can listen to Robin Mark singing this hymn either on YouTube or on the Event Hymns 1&2 CD (Worship Experience, Kingsway Music). Either way, I pray that you will be blessed by the wonderful truth of this very old hymn.

  1. June 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I was interested in your comments on Priscilla Owens’s gospel song. Not sure where the date 1874 came from, unless the author produced the words years before they were set to music. The most common date mentioned for the song is 1882. Also, you refer to it as a “short hymn.” Perhaps the version you listened to only used part of it. The original had five stanzas, plus a refrain–rather long for a gospel song. You can see the full text on the Cyber Hymnal, here…

  2. bellofpeace
    March 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    To meditate is to flow with any blessing of this moment.. bellofpeace//gede prama

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