Peace In The Valley – written in 1937

PEACE IN THE VALLEY                                                                 written in 1937

The Story

Thomas Dorsey (1899-1993) was born the son of a black minister in Georgia, in a small town outside Atlanta. His mother, a music teacher, taught him to play the piano as a child. As he grew into his teens, he was drawn into the world of jazz music. At age 17, he moved to Gary, IN, pursuing a nightclub career. Two years later, “Georgia Tom”, as he was known in his music world, could be found performing in the establishments on the southside of neighboring Chicago.

Thomas was torn between blues music and his Christian training. The stress was so intense he suffered a nervous breakdown and was recuperating for two years. During that time, he had become a member of the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago, and began to play a major role in directing the music of the church. He would write hundreds of songs, including this one.

Thomas would become the best known African-American composer of gospel music in America. His hymns became often-sung in churches in both the North and the South.

Thomas wrote this hymn in 1937. It was shortly before Hitler sent his war chariots into western Europe. Thomas was on a train going through southern Indiana on the way to Cincinnati… when he passed through a valley on that train. Horses, cows, and sheep were all grazing together in that little valley. A little brook was running through it… everything seemed so peaceful. It caused him to wonder what was wrong with mankind.

As he traveled, he wrote down the words to this hymn. The tune he would set it to seems to be a mix of gospel, blues, and country. Country singers picked it up and – by the 1960s – it would become one of 10 best-known country gospel songs of all time!

President Lyndon B. Johnson, before his death, requested that this hymn be sung at his funeral; Anita Bryant was chosen to fulfill that request.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – pray for peace in our world, our nation, our communities, and our homes.

I am tired and I’m weary, but I must toil on

till the Lord come to call me away;
where the morning is bright and the Lamb is the light

and the night is fair as the day.

CHORUS

There will be peace in the valley for me some day.
There will be peace in the valley for me.
I pray no more sorrow and sadness or trouble will be;
there will be peace in the valley for me.

There the flow’rs will be blooming, the grass will be green,
and the skies will be clear and serene;
the sun ever shines, giving one endless beam
and the clouds there will ever be seen. (Chorus)

There the bear will be gentle, the wolf will be tame,
and the lion will lay down by the lamb.
The host from the wild will be led by a Child;
I’ll be changed from the creature I am. (Chorus)

No headaches or heartaches or misunderstands;
no confusion or trouble won’t be;
no frowns to defile, just a big endless smile;
there’ll be peace and contentment for me. (Chorus)

Search Me, O God – written in 1936

SEARCH ME, O GOD                                                                       written in 1936

The Story

At the age of 24, a Baptist evangelist, James Edwin Orr (1912-1987)… known as J. Edwin, wrote this hymn following an Easter campaign in New Zealand.

During that campaign in 1936, revival fell on the people of New Zealand. Midnight services had to be added to accommodate the crowds. Many people were converted. Revival fire spread across the island nation. The key to this revival was the public confession and reconciliation of believers. A theme verse for that revival was Psalm 139:1, which says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart today.”

As hearts were cleansed, the Holy Spirit moved in power.

As J. was set to leave New Zealand, 4 Maori girls came to him and sang him their native song of farewell. Impressed by the song… especially the tune, and still stirred by the revival he had witnessed there, J. quickly scribbled some verses on the back of an envelope while he was waiting in the post office of Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.

J.  was a brilliant man who would go on to earn doctorates from universities in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. He would also study revival movements for the next 50 years, and write about them in several books. Of him, Billy Graham wrote, “Dr. J. Edwin Orr, in my opinion, is one of the greatest authorities on the history of religious revivals in the Protestant world.” J. was influential in the Campus Crusade for Christ, and was one of the five original board members of that organization.

But, he would probably be best known by most as the writer of this hymn… set to the music of (and the tune was named for) that farewell tune by those Maori girls: “Search Me, O God”.

The Song

             Read this hymn, and – today – sing it as your own personal prayer of repentance.

Search me, O God, and know my heart today,

try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
see if there be some wicked way in me;
cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.

I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
grant my desire to magnify Thy name.

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.

O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;

send a revival, start the work in me;
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;

for blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.

Wherever He Leads I’ll Go – written in 1936

WHEREVER HE LEADS I’LL GO                                                  written in 1936

The Story

R.S. Jones, a missionary, was speaking at a Sunday School convention in Clanton, Alabama. After many years of missionary service in Brazil, he had been forced to return home; doctors said he could not return to the mission field.

Baylus Benjamin (B.B.) McKinney (1886-1952), a leading Southern Baptist hymn-writer, was leading the singing at that Sunday School convention on the night his friend, Jones, was speaking. After the meeting that night, B.B. asked Jones about his plans for the future.

Jones said he didn’t know what God had in store for him, but said, “Wherever He leads, I’ll go.” B.B. couldn’t get those words out of his mind. He went to his room, and wrote down the words and music for this hymn.

Jones was speaking again at the closing session of that convention and, after his message, BB told Jones’ story… and then sang this hymn for the convention.

That missionary named Jones was willing to go wherever God led.  Sadly, most of us who sing this song today aren’t willing to even go next door…

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – commit to follow God… wherever He leads.

“Take up thy cross and follow Me,” I heard my Master say;
“I gave My life to ransom thee, surrender your all today.”

Refrain:
Wherever He leads I’ll go. Wherever He leads I’ll go.
I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so, wherever He leads I’ll go.

He drew me closer to His side, I sought His will to know,
and in that will I now abide, wherever He leads I’ll go. (Refrain)

It may be thro’ the shadows dim, or o’er the stormy sea;
I take my cross and follow Him, wherever He leadeth me. (Refrain)

My heart, my life, my all I bring to Christ who loves me so;
He is my Master, Lord, and King… wherever He leads I’ll go. (Refrain)

Precious Lord, Take My Hand – written in 1932

PRECIOUS LORD, TAKE MY HAND                                           written in 1932 

The Story

Thomas Dorsey (1899-1993) popular black singer, was having a successful career in Chicago nightclubs. But, as a Christian, he was often urged to use his musical talents for the Lord.

In 1932, Thomas was invited to go to St. Louis and lead the music for a large revival meeting. He hesitated to accept the invitation because his wife, Nellie, was pregnant. He didn’t want to leave her because her time for delivery was so close. But, he decided to go.

On the second day of the revival meeting, he received a telegram. His wife had given birth… and his wife had died in childbirth. He rushed back to Chicago… and held his newborn baby in his arms. But, in just a few short hours, his infant son died, too. Both mother and son were buried in the same casket.

Thomas was devastated. He was trying to serve God… and this is how he was repayed? In his anger, he told God, “God, You aren’t worth a dime to me right now!”

A few weeks later, still depressed, he sat down at the piano, and the words to a song… this song… came to him. With tears streaming down his face, he sang this song: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” He sang the song for his friend, gospel singer Theodore Frye, and Frye’s choir sang it the next Sunday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chicago.

God had given Thomas a song that would not only lift him from despair, but would also change the course of his music career. That nightclub singer became a preacher and a singer of gospel music.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – ask God to lead you through that tough thing you may be going through.

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light:

Refrain

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, Precious Lord, linger near,
when my life is almost gone;
hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall:  (Refrain)

When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone;
at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand:  (Refrain)

No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus – written in 1932

NO ONE EVER CARED FOR ME LIKE JESUS                         written in 1932

The Story

Charles Weigle (1871-1966) spent most of his life as an evangelist; that meant he was on the road a lot. One day, after returning home from evangelistic crusade, he found a note written by his wife. She’d had enough of being an evangelist’s wife; she couldn’t take it anymore. She said she was leaving him, and taking their daughter to live in a city far away.

Charles was heart-broken. What could he do to restore their marriage? He’d thought he was doing the right thing! How could he continue to serve the Lord when he couldn’t even keep his marriage together? He considered suicide. He’d ruined his wife’s life… and thought the solution was to take his own life. He was sure no one really cared for him.

But over time, he began to feel the sustaining love of God. And His grace. The simple truth that God still loved him broke through his depression. Sitting at the piano, he started writing down some thoughts and some notes about how God’s love hadn’t changed… not even for Charles. Despite everything, Jesus had not forsaken him. No one ever cared for him like Jesus.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – find rest in the tender care of Jesus.

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,
since I found in Him a friend so strong and true.
I would tell you how He changed my life completely;
He did something no other friend could do.

Chorus
No one ever cared for me like Jesus; there’s no other friend so kind as He.
No one else could take the sin and darkness from me; O, how much He cared for me.

All my life was full of sin when Jesus found me;
all my heart was full of misery and woe.
Jesus placed His strong arms about me
and He led me in the way I ought to go. (Chorus)

Ev’ry day He comes to me with new assurance;
more and more I understand His word of love.
But I’ll never know just why He came to save me,
till someday I see His blessed face above. (Chorus)

Just A Little Talk With Jesus – written in 1932

JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS                                          written in 1932

The Story

            During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Cleavant Derricks (1910-1977) was the pastor of a small African-American church in Alabama. “Rev”, as everyone called him, wrote songs. And, while his church members loved to sing them, he didn’t think they would be of interest to anyone else.

The church needed new hymnals; the ones they had were ragged and torn, and some had disappeared, as hymnals sometimes seem to do. So “Rev” found the name and address of the hymnal publisher in Dallas, and asked about getting more hymnals. He didn’t have any money, but some of his church members encouraged him to take some of his songs with him when he went to pick up the hymnals… and he did.

The publisher wasn’t very excited about most of Cleavant’s songs, but there were two they really liked. When the publisher asked Cleavant what he wanted for those two songs, Cleavant told them he thought 50 hymnals would be fair. So, “Rev” went home with 50 new hymnals, and the publisher got the rights to this song.

Within 3 years, this song had become one of America’s most beloved southern gospel songs.

This song was one of my favorites growing up in Antioch Baptist Church in Rushing, AR.  I fondly remember the 4-part harmonies we sang there… and Rodney Rushing singing the strong bass of this song.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – have a little talk with Jesus.

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
and then a little light from heaven filled my soul.
It bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above,
and just a little talk with Jesus made me whole

Chorus:
Now let us have a little talk with Jesus… let us tell Him all about our troubles;
He will hear our faintest cry and He will answer by and by.
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning, and you know a little fire is burning,
you will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

Sometimes my path seems dreary without a ray of cheer
and then a cloud of doubt may hide the light of day;
the mists of sin may rise and hide the starry skies,
but just a little talk with Jesus clears the way. (Chorus)

I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears,
but Jesus is a friend who watches day and night.
I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care
and just a little talk with Jesus makes it right. (Chorus)

Morning Has Broken – written in 1931

MORNING HAS BROKEN                                                               written in 1931

The Story

The birthing of this hymn took many twists and turns.

Originally, this hymn was probably a Gaelic hymn. In the 1880s, a wandering Highland minstrel was singing the tune in Scotland when someone heard it, and put it to music… preserving it.  In 1918, a Scottish poet put words to that tune, using the title “Child in the Manger”. In the 1920s, the editor of a British hymnal was looking for a light and happy hymn to sing at the beginning of a new day… and he wanted it sung to that old Gaelic tune.

He asked a well-known writer to put words to that tune. Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) was a playwright, novelist, and journalist who had been on a long spiritual journey of her own. She was of Jewish descent, but became a believer through the Anglican Church as a teenager… and then dabbled in Spiritism and reincarnation. She lived a Bohemian lifestyle for most of her life… but rededicated her life to Christ through the Catholic Church in her 70s.

Eleanor wrote the words to this tune based on Genesis 1:5; she called it “Thanks For This Day”.

But, the song didn’t become widely known until the 1970s, when Cat Stevens, a pop singer and active Muslim, made a recording of it that went to the top of the secular charts.

It’s a beautiful hymn… a modern-day psalm.  But, it has always seemed more spiritual than substantive… much like a “new age” song. The origin story tells us why. Though, if you can imagine singing this hymn while taking a walk through the Garden of Eden on the first morning, it puts this hymn in a different light.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – pause long enough to greet the day with the spirit this song encourages.

Morning has broken like the first morning.
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!  Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden;
sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight!  Mine is the morning,
born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation!  Praise ev’ry morning;
God’s recreation of the new day.

God Of Grace And God Of Glory – written in 1930

GOD OF GRACE AND GOD OF GLORY                                      written in 1930

The Story

            God has used lots of different kinds of people to bring music to His church.

Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) earned degrees from Colgate University and Union Theological Seminary, and was ordained in 1903 to ministry in the Baptist Church… becoming pastor of First Baptist Church, Montclair, N.J. He served as a chaplain during World War I and then was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in New York City. From this congregation he was called to pastor Park Avenue Baptist Church, which was renamed Riverside Church.

This hymn was written while the United States was suffering the Great Depression. Harry was a champion of the social gospel, a movement that recognized the plight of the poor, especially in the urban Northeast during the Industrial Revolution.

Under his leadership, Riverside Church was interdenominational, interracial, without a creed, and – astonishingly to his Baptist brethren – required no specific mode of baptism. He set aside such doctrines as the virgin birth and Second Coming of Christ. He became known as a liberal preacher, and he inflamed the modernist-fundamentalist controversy raging in churches in the 1920s. At the center of Harry’s ministry was urban social ministry.

Harry became one of the more vocal proponent of the social gospel of his time – a position that brought both wide acclaim and broad disdain.

The congregation moved to a $5 million building made possible by a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr. This hymn was written for the dedication of that new building.

Harry wrote the text to be sung to the stately REGENT SQUARE (usually sung to “Angels from the realms of glory”). But, a Methodist hymnologist and hymnal editor, Robert G. McCuthan paired it with the Welsh tune CWM RHONDDA for the 1935 Methodist Hymnal. It was an immediate success… and we now sing it with the second tune. Harry never liked it being sung as it is sung today.

Harry was denounced by many conservatives… and most Baptists… in his day. But many conservatives – and Baptists – now sing his song… this song.

This hymn is actually a prayer of dedication that can be sung by anyone on any day.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – pray it as your own personal prayer.

God of grace and God of glory, on Thy people pour Thy power.
Crown Thine ancient church’s story, bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the facing of this hour… for the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil ’round us, scorn Thy Christ, assail His ways.
From the fears that long have bound us, free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
for the living of these days… for the living of these days.

Cure Thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to Thy control.
Shame our wanton selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal… lest we miss Thy kingdom’s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places, gird our lives that they may be,
armored with all Christ-like graces, in the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
that we fail not man nor Thee… that we fail not man nor Thee.

Save us from weak resignation, to the evils we deplore.
Let the search for Thy salvation, be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving Thee Whom we adore… serving Thee Whom we adore.

Won’t It Be Wonderful There? – written in 1930

WON’T IT BE WONDERFUL THERE?                                        written in 1930

The Story

This hymn focuses on a land where there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain.

The text was written by James Rowe (1865-1933). James was born in England, but came to America in 1890. He worked for 10 years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., and then served for 12 years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.

The tune was composed by Homer Franklin Morris (1875-1955). Reared in Georgia, he attended public schools there and developed a keen interest in music, pursuing that study with many of the leading teachers of that day.

When Morris was 10 he began singing, and started his teaching career when he was just 16. A Baptist, he married Elizabeth Kirk in 1898, and they had 7 children. During his life, he taught hundreds of singing schools in many states, compiled a number of songbooks, and produced more than a thousand gospel songs, providing both words and music. For many years he was the president and manager of the Morris-Henson Company which he founded with another songwriter John M. Henson (1887-1972). Their books had wide circulation, but – after some years – he sold his interest and went to Dallas, TX, to work as a music editor with the Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company.

This hymn was copyrighted by Morris in 1930 and first published by the Stamps-Baxter Co., who renewed the copyright in 1958. The inspiration for this hymn is not known, but we can assume it came from daydreaming about what Heaven will be like…

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – imagine how wonderful it will be in Heaven.

When with the Savior we enter the glory-land, won’t it be wonderful there?

Ended the troubles and cares of the story-land, won’t it be wonderful there?

CHORUS

Won’t it be wonderful there… having no burdens to bear?

Joyously singing, with heart-bells all ringing, O, won’t it be wonderful there?

 

Walking and talking with Christ, the supernal One, won’t it be wonderful there?

Praising, adoring the matchless eternal One, won’t it be wonderful there? (Chorus)

 

There where the tempest will never be sweeping us, won’t it be wonderful there?

Sure that forever the Lord will be keeping us, won’t it be wonderful there? (Chorus)

Hymns of the 1930s

Hymns of the 1930s

After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the largest stock market crash in American history, most of the decade was consumed by an economic downfall called the Great Depression.  It had a traumatic effect worldwide, leading to widespread unemployment and poverty. In response, authoritarian regimes emerged in several countries in Europe and South America, in particular the Third Reich in Germany. Weaker nations – such as EthiopiaChina, and Poland – were invaded by expansionist world powers, the last of these attacks leading to the outbreak of the Second World War a few months before the end of the decade.  The 1930s also saw a proliferation of new technologies, especially in the fields of intercontinental aviationradio, and film; radio became the dominant source of entertainment for the majority of Americans.

1930

–   A period of severe dust storms caused major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940); it became known as the Dust Bowl.

–  In March, the first frozen foods of Clarence Birdseye were sold.

–  The first Color Sound Cartoon was made, a Flip the Frog cartoon entitled: “Fiddlesticks“;

–  Warner Brothers released the first All-Talking All-Color wide-screen movie, “Song of the Flame”.  In 1930 alone, Warner Brothers released ten All-Color All-Talking feature movies in Technicolor and scores of shorts and features with color sequences.

–  Air mail service across the Atlantic Ocean began.

–  The FIFA World Cup was the first world cup to be held.  It was won by host Uruguay.

1931

–  RCA Victor introduced the first long-playing phonograph record.

–  The Empire State Building became the world’s tallest building when completed.

1932

–  Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the United States in November. Roosevelt initiated a widespread social welfare strategy called the “New Deal” to combat the economic and social devastation of the Great Depression.  The economic agenda of the “New Deal” was a radical departure from previous laissez-faire economics.

–  The Summer Olympics was hosted by Los Angeles, CA.

–  The Winter Olympics was hosted by the village of Lake Placid, NY.

1933

–  Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power in Germany, forming a fascist regime committed to repudiating the Treaty of Versailles, persecuting and removing Jews and other minorities from German society, expanding Germany’s territory, and opposing the spread of communism.

–  Prohibition in the United States ended in December with the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution.

–  The 3M company marketed Scotch Tape.

1934

–  The pulp fiction magazines began to feature distinctive, gritty adventure heroes that combined elements of hard-boiled detective fiction and the fantastic adventures of the earlier pulp novels.  Two noteworthy characters introduced were Doc Savage and The Shadow, who would later influence the creation of characters such as Superman and Batman.

1935

–  U.S. presidential candidate Huey Long was assassinated.

–  “Swing” music became popular.  It gradually replaced the sweet form of Jazz that had been popular for the first half of the decade.

1936

–  Hitler pulled Germany out of the League of Nations, but hosted the 1936 Summer Olympics to show his new reich to the world, as well as the supposed superior athleticism of his Aryan troops/athletes.

–  Kodachrome was invented, being the first color film made by Eastman Kodak.

–  The Bass guitar was invented by Paul Tutmarc of Seattle, WA.

1937

–  The German dirigible airship Hindenburg exploded in the sky above Lakehurst, New Jersey, in May 6.  36 people were killed.

–  Amelia Earhart received major attention in the 1930s as the first woman pilot to conduct major air flights.  Her disappearance for unknown reasons in 1937 while on flight prompted search efforts which failed.

–  The Golden Gate Bridge was constructed in San Francisco, CA.

–  Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released.

–  J.R.R. Tolkien published “The Hobbit”.

–  John Steinbeck wrote “Of Mice and Men”.

1938

–  The New England Hurricane became a Category 5 hurricane before making landfall as a Category 3.  The hurricane was estimated to have caused property losses estimated at $306 million (almost $5 billion in today’s dollars), killed between 682 and 800 people, and damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes.

–  Radar was invented, known as RDF (Radio Direction Finding), by Robert Watson-Watt.

–  The Volkswagen Beetle, one of the best-selling automobiles ever produced, had its roots in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s.

–  The chocolate chip cookie was developed by Ruth Graves Wakefield.

–  Thornton Wilder‘s play, “Our Town” was first performed.

–  Superman first appeared in comic books.

1939

–  World War 2 broke out on September 1.

–  Nuclear fission was discovered by Otto HahnLise Meitner and Fritz Strassman.

–  The Golden Age of Hollywood entered a whole decade, after the advent of talking pictures (“talkies“) in 1927 and full-color films in 1930: more than 50 classic films were made in the 1930s: most notable were Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz in 1939.

–  Universal Pictures began producing its distinctive series of horror films, which came to be known as the Universal Monsters, featuring what would become iconic representations of literary and mythological monsters.  These monster movies included many cult classics, such as DraculaFrankensteinThe MummyDr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeKing KongThe Hunchback of Notre Dame, and others. These films led to the stardom of stars such as Bela LugosiLon Chaney Jr, and Boris Karloff.

–  Recurring series and serials included: Laurel and Hardy, the Marx BrothersTarzan,  Charlie Chan and Our Gang.

–  John Steinbeck wrote “Grapes of Wrath”.

–  Batman first appeared in 1939.

 

Some of the best musicians ever born had their heyday in the 1930s.  No one will ever forget the sweet sounds of Louie Armstrong, or the beautiful voice of Billie Holiday.

Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Judy Garland were all at the top of their game and the charts.  Fred Astaire had a nice run in the 1930s and Count Basie established his dominance.

Most people did not have televisions, so the radio was the primary source of entertainment throughout the decade.  And radio wasn’t like it is now, where DJs play song after song after song.  Radio was filled with entertainment of all sorts: stories, poetry, news, live music, variety shows and more.

Though the 1930s were among the more tumultuous times in America’s history, that decade also introduced some of the hymns we still sing today.  It’s possible your favorite is one of them; 2 of my favorites come from the 1930s.

1930…           Won’t It Be Wonderful There?; God of Grace and God of Glory

1931…           Morning Has Broken

1932…           Just a Little Talk with Jesus; No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus;

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

1936…           Wherever He Leads I’ll Go; Search Me, O God

1937…           Peace in the Valley; When All of God’s Singers get Home;

Holy Spirit, Breathe on Me; When The Saints Go Marching In

1939…           Victory in Jesus; He Set Me Free