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Her Fiance Drowned

Our Daily Bread, April 29

A young woman named Anne Steele had encountered one trial and disappointment after another. Being a devout Christian, she continuously sought to praise God&md;even in sorrow. She was engaged to be married, and had looked forward to her wedding day with eagerness. The big day finally arrived and so did the guests&md;but the groom was missing. After about an hour of waiting, a messenger brought the tragic news that Anne's fiancé had drowned. The sudden shock was almost too much for her, but after a while she regained her spiritual composure.

Later Anne Steele penned the song that is still found in many hymnbooks:

Father, whate'er of earthly bliss Thy sovereign will denies,Accepted at Thy throne of grace, let this petition rise:Give me a calm, a thankful heart, from every murmur free!The blessings of Thy grace impart, and make me live to Thee. - H.G.B.