|Short Name:||Rubén Ruiz Ávila|
|Full Name:||Ruiz Ávila, Rubén, 1945-|
The composer Rubén Ruíz Ávila (b. 1945) was born in Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico. His father was a Methodist bishop in Mexico. Mr. Ruíz received his education at Insituto Mexicano Madero where he also served as choir director.
The United Methodist Hymnal editor Carlton Young notes: “Two stanzas and the refrain were composed ca. 1972. Variants of the second stanza and other stanzas have appeared since its publication in Canciones de Fe y Compromiso (Songs of Faith and Promise), 1978, arranged by Alvin Schutmaat.”
In correspondence with Dr. Young, Mr. Ruíz noted that he composed the hymn for the choir in a United Methodist congregation in Covington, Va., where he was a member for some time.
The hymn, perhaps the composer’s only composition, received acclaim at the Festival Internacional de Coros Evengélicos (International Festival of Evangelical Choirs), held in 1980 at Gante Methodist Church, one of the largest Methodist churches in downtown Mexico City.