Fanny J. Crosby’s hymn “O Heart Bereaved and Lonely” speaks words of empathy, comfort, and hope to those who journey along grief’s twisting path. Our churches would be more emotionally healthy if we regularly sang hymns like this one in our worship services.
O heart bereaved and lonely, Whose brightest dreams have fled
Whose hopes like summer roses, Are withered crushed and dead
Though link by link be broken, And tears unseen may fall
Look up amid thy sorrow, To Him who knows it all
O cling to thy Redeemer, Thy Savior, Brother, Friend
Believe and trust His promise, To keep you till the end
O watch and wait with patience, And question all you will
His arms of love and mercy, Are round about thee still
Look up, the clouds are breaking, The storm will soon be o’er
And thou shall reach the haven, Where sorrows are no more
Look up, be not discouraged; Trust on, whate’er befall
Remember, O remember, Thy Savior knows it all
Indelible Grace’s rendition of the hymn is worth a listen.