:: MISSIONARY - REV. DR. JOHN GIBSON PATON ::

REV. DR. JOHN GIBSON PATON
[Born : 24 - 05 - 1824]

John Gibson Patson Luther B. Bridgers was an American songwriter and minister. He was born on February 14, 1884, in Margarettsville, North Carolina. Bridgers attended Asbury College (Class of 1906) in Wilmore, Kentucky, but did not graduate. He was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and pastored congregations in Kentucky.

At the age of sixteen, he began attending Asbury College and was ordained as a Methodist minister a year later. It was not long before he met and married Sarah Vecht, with whom he had three boys. As a young man, Luther was being greatly used of God.


Godís ways are perfect, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. There are times when we do not understand Godís plan, but we must trust His goodness and rest in His grace. Such was the course for Mr. Bridges. Tragedy struck his life.


In 1910, after seven years of marriage, Luther accepted an invitation to preach a two-week revival meeting. The meeting was to be held near the home of his wifeís family, so his wife and children vistited with her parents while the revival meeting was in progress. God mightily blessed the services, and many people professed faith in Christ. However, near the end of the second week, a late-night phone call brought the saddest news of young Lutherís life: his wife and children had burned to death in a fire at her parentsí home.


Stunned and devistated, Bridges became inactive in the ministry. Yet, he soon began to feel the chords of grace vibrating in his soul once more, and God began mend the young preacherís heart, especially using the words of Psalm 91:1. Though he grieved for his family, he learned that his God never left nor forsook him. It was through this mending that God gave a song to His child. The song became popular and is even sung in many churches to this day. Luther was shown that, in all things, Jesus can truly keep us singing.


May the words of this hymn bless your heart as you sing to and for your Lord this day. If you do not know Christ, you do not know the greatest friend you could ever have. He truly keeps us singing through days of darkness and days of gladness. What a Saviour!.


HE KEEPS ME SINGING


Thereís within my heart a melody

Jesus whispers sweet and low,

Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still,

In all of lifeís ebb and flow.


Refrain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

Sweetest Name I know,

Fills my every longing,

Keeps me singing as I go.


All my life was wrecked by sin and strife,

Discord filled my heart with pain,

Jesus swept across the broken strings,

Stirred the slumbering chords again.


Refrain

Feasting on the riches of His grace,

Resting íneath His sheltering wing,

Always looking on His smiling face,

That is why I shout and sing.


Refrain

Though sometimes He leads through waters deep,

Trials fall across the way,

Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,

See His footprints all the way.


Refrain

Soon Heís coming back to welcome me,

Far beyond the starry sky;

I shall wing my flight to worlds unknown,

I shall reign with Him on high.


Refrain


Song Listen