I had another hymn in mind to share this week, but this one keeps coming to mind. Kate was even singing it to herself the other day.
It was written by a single woman, who devoted her life to ministry, I read she sometimes served as an interim pastor and other times a circuit riding preacher. She married a minister in her late 30s. Quite an unusual life for the 19th century.
All my life long I had panted
for a drink from some cool spring
That I hoped would quench the burning
of the thirst I felt within
Hallelujah! He has found me,
the One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings,
through his blood I now am saved
Feeding on the filth around me,
â€˜til my strength was almost gone
Longed my soul for something better,
only still to hunger on
Poor I was and sought for riches,
something that would satisfy
But the dust I gathered â€˜round me
only mocked my soulâ€™s sad cry
Well of water ever springing,
Bread of Life so rich and free
Untold wealth that never faileth,
my Redeemer is to me
[CLARA T. WILLIAMS, 1875]