THE FAMILY OF GOD written in 1970
Well-known Gospel songwriters, Bill (1936 – ) and Gloria Gaither (1942 – ), were home for Easter and attending their home church in Anderson, Indiana. They heard of a young man in the community who had been severely burned when an explosion demolished the garage where he worked. Doctors did not expect him to live through the night.
A church prayer chain was activated, and church members prayed all night for the young man. When church members gathered to celebrate Easter the next day, they received word that the young man was recovering. The pastor reported he had just spoken to the doctor, who told him the young man had a chance to pull through. The church family rejoiced in the answer to prayer.
As Bill & Gloria went home after the Easter service that morning, they talked about what a wonderful thing it is to be part of a family of believers and to be able to pray together to our Father in Heaven. Before long, the Gaithers did what the Gaithers do… they wrote a song… this song.
Read this hymn, and – today – thank God for your church family… and then go spend some time with them this Sunday.
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God;
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
for I’m part of the family, the Family of God.
You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
it’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
when one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
and rejoice in each victory in this family so dear. (CHORUS)
From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
no longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
from rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but, praise God I belong! (CHORUS)