“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain”Hebrews 6:19
Priscilla Owens, born on 21st July, 1829 in Baltimore, Maryland, wrote this hymn. She worked with youth groups and was a Sunday School teacher at the Union Square Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Most hymns written by her, including this hymn, were written for her Sunday School students.
Hebrews 6:19 was the inspiration for this hymn. When sung at the door of dying Mary Maude (Hymn Writer), she (Mary Maude) sent her singers this message: “Tell them it does not fail. It holds.”
Priscilla Owens died on December, 5,1907 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Indeed in Jesus Christ, we have an anchor that is able to keep us through the many storms of this life and secures our souls for eternity.
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.
It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers have told the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.