Sunday, May 15, 2011

"There Shall Be Showers of Blessing"


Daniel Webster Whittle, named for the great American politician Daniel Webster, was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts on November 22, 1840.

He served as a Major during the Civil War, and it was at that period in his life that he was saved. He lost his right arm while fighting and was taken prisoner. While he was recovering from his wound in the hospital, he found a New Testament and began reading it. The words ministered to him, but he wasn't ready to take that step of faith that would lead to salvation.

One day a hospital orderly woke him and asked him to come and pray with a dying prisoner. He had observed Daniel reading his Bible and assumed he was a Christian. Here, in Daniel's own words, is what happened when he went to the dying young man:

"I dropped on my knees and held the boy’s hand in mine. In a few brok­en words I con­fessed my sins and asked Christ to for­give me. I be­lieved right there that He did for­give me. I then prayed ear­nest­ly for the boy. He be­came qui­et and pressed my hand as I prayed and plead­ed God’s prom­ises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his trou­bled face, and I can­not but be­lieve that God who used him to bring me to the Sav­ior, used me to lead him to trust Christ’s pre­cious blood and find par­don. I hope to meet him in hea­ven."

Whittle survived his time in the prisoner of war camp and after the war be­came trea­sur­er of the El­gin Watch Com­pany in Chi­ca­go, Ill­i­nois. He worked there for ten years and then began full-time evangelistic work. Of his decision he said:

"…went into the vault and in the dead si­lence of the qui­et­est of plac­es I gave my life to my Heav­en­ly Fa­ther to use as He would."


There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

Refrain
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

Refrain

There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

Refrain

There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

Refrain

There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

Refrain



Blessings,
Linda

5 comments:

Laura said...

Dear Linda,

I just love this hymn...and it is so appropriate for us today. We are sitting here on a quiet Sunday afternoon...the woodstove has a small fire...just enough to take the dampness off...and the showers are coming down outside. Blessing us with the rain needed for the crops to grow...God is so good.

Have a blessed evening,
Laura

Anonymous said...

Dear Linda,
I love your blog. I check every day to see if you've posted another hymn. I've sang "Showers of Blessings" for years and years, but I never knew the story behind it. I am refreshed. Our preacher preached this morning about God's plan for our coming to know Him. It is such grace how He draws us to Himself, and then I read your post today where he drew this author and one more person at the same time. What a coincidence? No, What a Saviour!!!

Love,
Ann Parker

Reflections said...

Beautifully shared... have always loved this hymn.

lil red hen said...

I love your posts about the old hymns. It's been a long time since I have heard this one, but it's a wonderful memory from my childhood. We are truly blessed with God's grace.

grammy said...

I love to hear an old hymn like that (o:
Our church is into the new fancy LOUD stuff...it is refreshing to hear the old.