SUNSHINE IN MY SOUL written in 1881
Being a school teacher has never been an easy profession. Eliza Hewitt (1851-1920) found that out by personal experience. As a young schoolteacher in Philadelphia, PA, she was disciplining a student who responded by hitting her across her back with a heavy chalkboard. For 6 months, she was in an upper body cast. All winter long she was confined to her room.
Finally she was released and was allowed to take a short walk outside. It was a bright spring day, a day she would never forget. After she took her short walk, enjoying the azaleas of the springtime, she sat down and wrote this joyful gospel song in praise to her Savior, “Sunshine in My Soul Today”.
Eliza enlisted the services of John R. Sweeney (1837-1899), composer of many songs, including “Beulah Land”, to compose a lively melody for this happy song. The result was this hymn that still brings a smile to the face of listeners and singers, young and old alike.
Read this hymn, and – today – enjoy your day, regardless of whether the sun is shining on you.
There is sunshine in my soul today, more glorious and bright
than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my Light.
O there’s sunshine, blessèd sunshine, when the peaceful, happy moments roll;
when Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in the soul.
There is music in my soul today, a carol to my King,
and Jesus, listening, can hear the songs I cannot sing. (Refrain)
There is springtime in my soul today, for, when the Lord is near,
the dove of peace sings in my heart, the flowers of grace appear. (Refrain)
There is gladness in my soul today, and hope and praise and love,
for blessings which He gives me now, for joys “laid up” above. (Refrain)