Seize the Moment – Day 571

Today’s hymn focus will be

“Wonderful Peace”

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
A former teacher, Warren D. Cornell moved from Texas to Wisconsin where he spent the next 40 years in ministry. During his time at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Berlin, WI, he was invited to be the guest speaker at the camp meeting services that were provided to bring the area churches together. On the last day of the services, Cornell took a walk down by the Milwaukee River, reflecting on the fellowship, testimonies and how God had used him to bring forth the Word. During his walk, he pulled out a flyer from his pocket and wrote these words on the back:


Peace, Peace, wonderful peace. Coming down from the Father above!

Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray! In fathomless billows of love.


He stuffed it back in his pocket and returned to the meeting place. After the service was over, the host pastor, Rev. Cooper, was cleaning up the grounds and found the paper. After reading the words, he went over to the organ and began composing a tune for the song. He added another stanza and published it in 1892.


We need to wake up in God’s peace by taking everything to the Lord in prayer, and rest in the assurance that He has everything under control.

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Wonderful Peace

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.
Peace! Peace! wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above;
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray,
In fathomless billows of love.
What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul;
So secure that no power can mine it away,
While the years of eternity roll. (Refrain)
I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul. (Refrain)
And methinks when I rise to that City of peace,
Where the Author of peace I shall see,
That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing,
In that heavenly kingdom shall be: (Refrain)
Ah! soul, are you here without comfort or rest,
Marching down the rough pathway of time?
Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark;
Oh, accept this sweet peace so sublime. (Refrain)