Welcome! Hymns have been and continue to be a real source of inspiration to us. Our desire in this blog and on the Hyms Alive facebook page is to share special hymns with our readers hoping that the words will minister to them, especially in times of great personal need. If one of these hymns ministers to you, please take time to leave a comment so that we may know that our blog and ministry is helping others as much as it helps us. Sometimes we also do provide links where you can go to hear the hymn played. So, please join us here each week and sing along as we praise God together.
There is something special about the old hymns.Many of them carry a powerful message, a strong anointing, and a doorway into the praises of heaven—helping to carry our spirits to new heights of adoration and a deeper sense of the heart of God.
These old hymns are not only delightful to sing, but their words provide a rich and rewarding resource for prayer and meditation. Why are they so impactful? Why have they endured the test of time, enriched our lives, and helped us to express our worship? One of the main reasons is because they were birthed out of an intimate relationship that the hymn writers had with the Lord, and because of the comfort, hope, and encouragement they received from His Spirit as they walked through the dark valleys of life.
“Hymns Alive” started a few years ago as part of regular face book (Hymns Alive) comments and exchanges mainly with friends who love hymns. We would post a few lines of a hymn, and get a comment completing the hymn. So we decided to start writing full hymns and uploading lyrics and commentary to some of these great old songs. The space on Hymns Alive facebook page was not enough and we yearned for more. So we went bloging. We trust that many that visit this blog will find encouragement as they go through the hymns on this site, and we are thankful that these words have been able to minister to so many people that have been reached by them. We have a passion for these old songs that dates back to our school days. For Austin it is days at Brethren In Christ Church in Choma Zambia and years later at Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka Zambia. Hymn influence for Austin came from the missionaries that he interacted with at the Brethren In Christ Church then. Rachel Melhon Phiri, school Pastor, late Rev. Mfula, his bossom friends Ray Munsaka, Late Gift Mukonka, Barbara Kabika, Jill Mudenda Chiluba and his beloved wife Enid Busolo Bhebe who has kept the flame of hymns burning on their domestic alter. For Enid it is through her high school days at Mukumu Girls in Kakamega Western Kenya. Her youthful days in the church in Nairobi have left a great desire in her for hymns. We are grateful that our church still uses hymns and they are still an integral part of our weekly services.
These great songs are filled not only with powerful and poetic words, but they are also filled with deep theology that is, often times, missing from some modern Christian choruses. The stories behind many of these hymns are also very powerful and provide additional meaning to these beautiful words. Our goal for the “Hymns Alive” has always been, and always will be, to expose a new generation to these songs that may not be sung any longer in churches, and to also build a bridge to a generation that was raised on these songs and who still have a deep love for them.
Our prayer is that in reading these “Hymns Alive” commentaries, they will make you smile, laugh, remember, and maybe even shed a tear sometimes. But more importantly, we hope that these hymns will draw you closer to the great God we serve, and remind you of how great His love is for us.