This is a hymn that was taken from the verse in Hebrew
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Heb 13:8

Lately I managed to reconnect with some of my old friends on line, and often a times, in such a meeting, there’s always a roll-call of common friends of whom we would really like know any news of these long lost friends whom we have not meet. Some people may accuse that we are being busy body. But more often or not. i feel that it is also another type of concern for the people around us.

Often than not we tend to get bad news more often than we hear good news. Just like like what the Beatles sang before in their song “In My Life” (though I seriously liked Emi Fujita’s version)

“There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all”

We all know that changes are inevitable, we often welcome good changes, but like the the Song Dynasty Poet Fang Yue (方岳) wrote

“不如意事十常八九
可与语人无二三”
(bù ​rú yì shì shí cháng bā jiǔ​)
(kě yú​ yǔ rén wú​ èr sān)

It is translated as “Most often life doesn’t go according to ones wish, and we can tell so little about that to others.” The numbers in the poems actually indicated that 80%-90% of life is full of unhappy event and you can only share 20-30% of that unpleasantness.

It is from that poem there a modern author wrote a pair of couplets for his friends it reads
“常想一二,不思八九”
(cháng xiǎng yī èr, bù sī bā jiǔ​) meaning
“To consider the little pleasant events ,ignoring the unpleasant” It uses 10-20% to represent pleasant, and 80-90% for unpleasantness)

In fact, most of us knew these way too well, that most often than not, life is often faced with sadness and uncertainty. We have people whom we love passing on, friends who leave us, break up of relationships, losing of jobs, more often than the happier times. Therefore we should often remember the words of the couplets, to remember the happier times and to think less of the unpleasant times.

But I guess for Christians we have one more comfort, even if everything do not goes according to plan, we know that we have a God who listens to our plea and prayers, he comforts the people. He had taught us many things through the bible, and he had left them for us to read and to ponder about it. We have to often remind ourselves that all things work for the Good for those who love God. (Rom 8: 28) and even though there are times in life where what we wish for did not come to us. We must continue to have faith in God and to move on bravely though the trouble. Let us learn to use the word of God to comfort us and to move forward.

Jesus had taught us how to reconcile with Him and to walk with him, and he promise to walk with us all the days of our lives. And he sticks closer to us than our parents, our relatives and our beloved friends. This reminded me of the chorus of the hymn “Yesterday, Today, Forever”. This chorus was changed by my predecessors of my church to sound like this

昔在今在以后永在耶稣不改变.
父母兄姊亲戚朋友有时要离开.
耶稣不离开, 耶稣不离开,
天地万物都要改变.耶稣不改变

xī zài jīn zài yǐ ​hòu yǒng zài, Yē ​sū bù gǎi ​biàn​.
fù ​mǔ xiōng zǐ​ qīn ​qi péng ​you yǒu ​shí yào lí ​kāi​,
Yē ​sū bù lí ​kāi​, Yē ​sū bù lí ​kāi
tiān ​dì wàn ​wù dōu​ yào gǎi ​biàn, Yē ​sū bù gǎi ​biàn

Meaning
“Yesterday, Today and Forever, Jesus never changes.
Parents, siblings, relatives and friends may leave us at times
Jesus never leaves, Jesus Never Leaves
Though everything in the world may change, but Jesus never changes”

Let us read the lyrics of the Hymn “Yesterday, Today Forever” together.

Title :Yesterday, Today, Forever
Lyrics :Albert B Simpson
Time: James H Burke

O how sweet the glorious message simple faith may claim
Yesterday, today, forever Jesus is the same.
Still He loves to save the sinful, heal the sick and lame
Cheer the mourner, still the tempest, glory to His Name.

Refrain:
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!
Glory to His Name! Glory to His Name!
All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His Name!

He, who was the Friend of sinners, seeks the lost one now
Sinner come, and at His footstool penitently bow
He Who said “I’ll not condemn thee, go and sin no more,”
Speaks to thee that word of pardon as in days of yore.

Refrain

Oft on earth He healed the sufferer by His mighty hand
Still our sicknesses and sorrows go at His command
He who gave His healing virtue to a woman’s touch
To the faith that claims His fullness still will give as much.

Refrain

As of old He walked to Emmaus, with them to abide
So through all life’s way He walketh ever near our side
Soon again we shall behold Him, Hasten Lord the day
But twill still be this same Jesus as He went away.

Refrain

I was trying to find the hymn on youtube, but am unable to find it. But this midi file from Cyberhymnal is the tune I am refering to.

Please Click here for the tune

 

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