I’m in His Hands

In His Hands

I shall not fear though darkened clouds may gather round me;
The God I serve is one who cares and understands;
Although the storms I face would threaten to confound me,
Of this I am assured: I’m in His hands.

I’m in His hands, I’m in His hands;
Whate’er the future holds, I’m in His hands;
The days I cannot see have all been planned for me;
His way is best, you see; I’m in His hands.

What though I cannot know the way that lies before me,
I still can trust and freely follow His commands;
My faith is firm since He it is who watches o’er me;
Of this I’m confident: I’m in His hands.

In days gone by my Lord has always proved sufficient,
When I have yielded to the law of love’s demands;
Why should I doubt that He would evermore be present
To make His will my own? I’m in His hands!

A Scripture selection related to these reassuring words is Isaiah 41:10-13:

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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This song is the most well-known of Stanley Ditmer’s many compositions. It was written in 1956, and is based on his personal experience of God’s presence during times of trouble and concern. It has been translated into over 20 languages!

DitmerSalvation Army Commissioner Stanley Ditmer was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1924. His parents were Salvation Army officers. After high school, in 1943, Stanley joined the United States Navy, where he spent three years as a radio school instructor. Following this, he attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He then entered the Salvation Army Training College for Officers, in the “Peacemakers” session, being commissioned in 1949. Stanley also received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Skidmore College and did graduate work at New York University and the Psychological Corporation of New York.

Commissioner Ditmer served in varied appointments with his wife, including the final responsibility of being Territorial Commander, first in the USA Central Territory and then in the Eastern Territory, from which position he retired in 1990. He was Promoted to Glory in 2003.

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S.A. SONG BOOK, 2015 EDITION, #848; 1987 EDITION, #732
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Have a listen to this timeless classic, a beautiful song in its original version and below, the recently updated version


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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30th


The Salvation Army Oshawa acknowledges the many Indigenous nations with longstanding relationships with the territories upon which our Church and our Community & Family Services are located. We acknowledge the land is covered under the Williams Treaties, and is part of the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

These ancestral and treaty lands; the present-day home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people is where we meet, share hope, and build community.

We reflect on knowing the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home. We are treaty people, it is our privilege to build relationships through reconciliation.

While we cannot undo the past, we are committed to a different future and doing our part to contribute to an equitable, just, and grace-filled society.