Saturday, July 30, 2011

All Your Anxiety

Lieut. Col. Edward Henry Joy, an officer in the Salvation Army, wrote a hymn called "All Your Anxiety" in 1920. This morning, in 2011, I woke up with its gently encouraging words running through my mind.

One of the reasons I've been doing this series on hymns is the timeless messages they hold. While I have grown to love our contemporary praise music, I think we will have lost something of great value if we let these hymns fade from memory. Just reading through the verses is like reading the most beautiful inspirational poetry. I would like to preserve this timeless treasure for future generations.

Is there a heart o'er-bound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross--each burden bearing,
All your anxiety--leave it there.

All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat--leave it there;
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus.

No other friend so keen to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear;
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once--delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;
You need not fear a disappointment--
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

"Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6,7


I'm posting this early because I'd like to stay quiet on Sunday (I'm even giving the lap top a rest.).


  1. Thanks for this - I shall be singing this all evening now, as I go through the final preparations for holiday bible club [VBS]

    Blessings and love xx

  2. My father was a music minister in different denominations as we moved and he taught at colleges and universities. I had never heard of this hymn before, but I agree with you totally. I used to sit and sing hymns to worship while my kids were asleep. I would read the word, then nap a bit until they woke up. I love the words, since I knew some of the stories behind a few, but I knew most were written through or after a trial.

  3. I don't remember this one, yet I could sing it easily with just the instrumental music (that's not the case with ones I've never heard before). Therefore, I'd say this was one Dad used only once in a long while but even those stuck in my sub-concious.
    Beautiful, comforting words. Beautiful imagery in the video both the scenes and the people with expressions of despair. I could relate quite well to some of those expressions.
    I agree that these hymns need to be remembered. I like "Praise" songs too, but I think that hymns should still be a part of the singing during a service.
    Thanks for helping keep these wonderful hymns alive and remembered! :>)

  4. That is wonderful Linda! These timeless hymns are a treasure. I sure hope they don't fade from memory. I love your idea of sharing them. Thank you!