Children of the heavenly FatherAuthor: Carolina Sandell (1855)
Tune: TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA
Published in 58 hymnals
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1 Children of the heavenly Father
safely in his bosom gather;
nestling bird nor star in heaven
such a refuge e'er was given.
2 God his own shall tend and nourish;
in his holy courts they flourish.
From all evil powers he spares them;
in his mighty arms he bears them.
3 Neither life nor death shall ever
from the Lord his children sever;
for to them his grace revealing,
he turns sorrow into healing.
4 God has given, he has taken,
but his children ne'er forsaken;
his the loving purpose solely
to preserve them pure and holy.
|First Line:||Children of the heavenly Father|
|Title:||Children of the Heavenly Father|
|Swedish Title:||Tryggare kan ingen vara|
|Author:||Carolina Sandell (1855)|
|Liturgical Use:||Scripture Songs|
st. 1-2 = Psalm 84
st. 3 = Rom. 8:38-39
st. 4 = Job 1:21
The author of this text, Caroline W. Sandell Berg (b. Froderyd, Sweden, 1832; d. Stockholm, Sweden, 1903), is better known as Lina Sandell, the "Fanny Crosby of Sweden." Originally in Swedish ("Tryggare kan ingen vara"), the text was first published in Sandell-Berg's Andeliga daggdroppar (1855). Ernst W. Olson (b. Skane, Sweden, 1870; d. Chicago, IL, 1958) prepared the English translation for the 1925 Hymnal of the Lutheran Augustana Synod.
The four-stanza text is a confession of humble but confident trust in God's providence in the lives of his people. It reflects Lord's Day 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism¬–“in life and in death I belong to my faithful Savior.”
"Lina" Wilhelmina Sandell Berg was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor to whom she was very close; she wrote hymns partly to cope with the fact that she witnessed his tragic death by drowning. Many of her 650 hymns were used in the revival services of Carl O. Rosenius, and a number of them gained popularity particularly because of the musical settings written by gospel singer Oskar Ahnfelt. Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish soprano, underwrote the cost of publishing a collection of Ahnfelt's music, Andeliga Sänger (1850), which consisted mainly of Berg's hymn texts.
As editor, writer, poet, and translator, Olson made a valuable contribution to Swedish-American culture and to church music. His family immigrated to Nebraska when he was five years old, but he spent much of his life in the Chicago area. Educated at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, he was editor of several Swedish-American newspapers and spent most of his professional career as an editor for the Augustana , Book Concern (1911-1949). Olson wrote A History of the Swedes in Illinois (1908). He also contributed four original hymns and twenty-eight translations to The Hymnal (1925) of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod and served on the committee that produced the Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal (1958).
As a confession of faith in God's providence; for many other occasions, including baptisms or funerals.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (20)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #55||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Caroline V. Sandell-Berg; Ernst. W. Olson||22.214.171.124||1 John 3:1||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #123||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Caroline V. Sandell-Berg; Ernst W. Olson||126.96.36.199||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||C Major||English||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #69||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Caroline V. Sandell-Berg; Ernst W. Olson||188.8.131.52||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||2010|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #449||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Caroline V. Berg, 1832-1903; Ernst W. Olson, 1870-1958||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||1993|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #174||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||C. V. Sandell-Berg, 1823-1903; E. W. Olson, 1870-1958||184.108.40.206||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||Norwegian/Scandinavian; English||1996|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #781||Tryggare kan ingen vara (Children of the heav'nly Father||Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; Ernst W. Olson, 1870-1958||220.127.116.11||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||Swedish; English; Swedish, English||2006|
|Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #213||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina Sandell-Berg; Ernst W. Olson||[Children of the heav'nly Father]||D Major||English||1993|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #23||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Ernest W. Olson, 1870-1958; Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903||18.104.22.168||Job 1:21; Romans 8:35-38; Jude; Psalm 84; Psalm 84; Romans 8:38-39||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||2013|
|Lutheran Service Book #725||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; Ernest W. Olson, 1870-1958||22.214.171.124||Romans 8:14-17; Romans 8:35-39; Matthew 6:26-27; Ephesians 5:25-27||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||English||2006|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #440||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Caroline V. Sandell Berg; Ernest W. Olson||126.96.36.199||Romans 8:35-39; Revelation 7:9-17; Romans 8:39; Revelation 7:17||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #585||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Caroline V. Sandell Berg; Ernest W. Olson||188.8.131.52||Revelation 7:16||CHILDREN OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #101||Children of the heavenly Father Safely in His bosom gather||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||1985|
|Sing Joyfully #606||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina Sandell Berg||[Children of the heav'nly Father]||D Major||English||1989|
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #719||Children of the heavenly Father Safely in His bosom gather;||Children of the Heavenly Father||[Children of the Heavenly Father]||D Major||1997|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #87||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Ernst W. Olson, 1870-1958; Lina Sandell, 1832-1903||184.108.40.206||Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 92:12-13; Psalm 121; Romans 8:38-39; Hebrews 13:5-6||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||1996|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #44||Children of the heav'nly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina Sandell Berg; Ernst W. Olson||220.127.116.11||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||English||1986|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #141||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Ernst W. Olson; Caroline V. Sandell-Berg||18.104.22.168||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #84||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina Sandell Berg; Ernest W. Olson||22.214.171.124||Romans 8:38-39; Job 1:21; Psalm 103:13; Isaiah 40:11; Jude||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #131||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina V. Sandell Berg; Ernest W. Olson||Marc Hedlin||126.96.36.199||Psalm 103:13; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38-39; Hebrews 13:5-6||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||English||1990|
|Worship and Rejoice #83||Children of the heavenly Father||Children of the Heavenly Father||Carolina Sandell Berg, 1832-1903; Ernest W. Olson, 1870-1958||188.8.131.52||Job 1:21; Mark 10:16; Jeremiah 29:11; Jude 1:24; Isaiah 40:11; 1 John 3:1; Psalm 103:13; Romans 8:38-39||TRYGGARE KAN INGEN VARA||D Major||2001|