He giveth more grace hymn story is one that will touch your heart with both sadness and hope in times of trouble. As M Scott Peck says in one of his books, life is difficult. It does not seem so when everything is going well for you.
This song, He Giveth More Grace was written by Anne Johnson Flint. Her last name Flint is the surname of her adopted parents.
Annie Johnson was born in 1866 in New Jersey USA on Christmas Eve. Most Christmas would count it an honor to be born on Christmas or on Christmas day. In a superstitious way most would feel like it is a good omen to be born on the day that most Christians consider special as they remember the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, no such luck accompanied Annie Johnson’s life for by the age of six he had lost both parents. The first parent to leave this world was her mum who passed away three years after her birth. She died while giving birth to her sister.
Due to her father’s serious illness, she and her sister were surrendered to a family friend. Unfortunately, the family friend did not take good care of them. She focused more on her own kids and ignored Anne and her sister.
Eventually a teacher noticed the precarious situation these children were in and recommended to her sick dad to let a childless couple, Mr. and Mrs. Flint to adopt the children. Anne’s father agreed to the arrangement due to his illness and the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Flint were Baptists like him.
The Flints raised the children well. They taught the children bible truths, lived a frugal life, and learned how to sew their own clothes and other things.
It is during this time that Anne got her love for writing poems. This was to be expected as the Flints had a big house library and Anne spent most of her time reading all sorts of books.
Her first job was teaching, and she taught at the same school she had attended in her area. Not long thereafter she was diagnosed with the debilitating disease of arthritis. The doctors informed her that she would soon be an invalid.
Their prediction soon became a reality as Anne became an invalid relying on others for most things. She was regularly in pain as the arthritis had spread throughout her body.
Despite all this she kept the faith and continued to author her poems even though her fingers were twisted and in pain. And her poems expressed the hope that she still had in Jesus Christ.
By God’s providence, two national publishers published her poems in the nation’s magazines and newspapers. These poems touched many people who wrote to her expressing their gratitude. Eventually her poems were published in a book, By the Way – Travelogues of Cheer.
Her most famous poem is this song or hymn, He Giveth More Grace. Like the Apostle Paul, Anne had come to accept her own thorn in the flesh. And to accept God’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
There are times when God might choose to heal us from our diseases and infirmities but at other times, he might say my grace is sufficient for you. Anne Johnson Flint passed away in 1832 still holding on to God’s grace.
He Giveth More Grace Hymn Lyrics
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
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He Giveth Me More Grace Video
In the video below Reggie and Ladye Love Smith with the Gaither Homecoming choir sing, He Giveth Me More Grace.