My Days Are in Your Hands

Matt Mulder is preaching from Ecclesiastes 3 this Sunday. Thanks, Matt… Of course, one always thinks of the Byrds’ iconic “Turn! Turn! Turn!” in relation to this scripture passage, but Matt will be teasing out a New Year/Old Year theme: God incarnate as Jesus gives meaning to all of our times–both good and bad.

As I searched for appropriate hymns to follow the sermon, I came across a text by W.F. Lloyd: “My Times Are in Your Hands,” an obvious tip of the hat to Psalm 31:15. I used that as a launching pad for a completely new song on a similar theme. “My Days Are in Your Hands” is a prayer of trust, offering our lives to God in faith, whether our days be dark or bright, long or short.

1. My days are in your hands;
my life is in your care,
and all the things I am or love,
I leave them there.
The things I am or love
I leave them there.

2. My days are in your hands;
in days both dark and bright.
In pleasure or in pain
still you are by my side.
In pleasure or in pain
you’re by my side.

3. My days are in your hands;
why should I doubt or fear?
Your peace, O Christ, surrounds me
both in joy and tears.
Your peace, O Christ,
surrounds in joy and tears.

4. My days are in your hands,
though days be long or short.
I know your care today,
your love forevermore.
I know your care
and love forevermore.

5. My days are in your hands;
your hands once pierced with nails.
Your heart, it knows my pain;
your love will never fail.
O Lord, I know
your love will never fail.

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