Children of the Heavenly Father

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TEXT
Karolina W. Sandell-Berg, 1958
Translated by Ernst W. Olson from Swedish, 1925

TUNE
TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA, Swedish melody, arranged by Oskar Ahnfelt (1813-1882)

TIDBITS
This hymn is included in Kenneth W. Osbeck’s Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions. The alternative title is More Secure is No One Ever. This devotion can be accessed on Google Books.

Hymn history by hymnologist C. Michael Hawn at UMC Discipleship Ministries.

Hawn writes: “(Biographer) Mr. Harling puts “Children of the Heavenly Father” in the context of contemporary Swedish life: ‘Today it is the baptism hymn in Sweden. Almost no baptism can take place without singing this hymn. At the same time it is quite astonishing that this hymn has become a baptism hymn, since it does not say anything about baptism. And the Swedish text is full of pictures and metaphors derived from the Biblical story, which almost nobody… knows anymore in the very secular [culture of] Sweden. But still it is sung and loved.'”

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