By Gladys Tigani
With Your counsel You will guide me.
And afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none on earth I desire beside You.
My heart and my flesh may fail
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
But as for me the nearness of my God is good.
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all your wondrous works.
Psalm 73: 24-26, 28
The words of hymns, like the first verse in Daniel Whittle's song, I Know Whom I Have Believed, can be taken as my own:
I know not why God’s wondrous grace To me He hath made known, Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love Redeemed me for His own.
Whenever I think of God's LOVE, it is in song. For as I sat in church and sang the following chorus as a prayer 60 years ago, God became my heavenly Father and Jesus my Lord and Saviour:
Let the dew of heaven fall upon my thirsty soul, Let the dew of heaven fall on me, Blessed Holy Spirit come and take control; Let the dew of heaven fall on me.
To me, just as to C. Bishop author of Such Love, I can express truthfully from my heart,
Such love, such wondrous love, That God should love a sinner such as I, How wonderful is love like this!
By His grace and compelled by His LOVE, I was able to take up piano in my 70s and now have a hymn sing once a month at Spruce Lodge, a long term care residence next to my home. It is a special privilege to be able to sing and play such powerful songs with the residents - as it is a beautiful reminder to all of us that we are LOVED by Christ and have an amazing hope and future with Him.
Gladys Tigani was born in Stratford, Ontario 83 years ago. Today she and her husband continue to make Stratford their home. Together they have 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Besides hosting a hymn sing monthly, Glady also facilitates a weekly Bible Study and has taken up a flare for painting in her spare time. She generously gives the proceeds from her paintings to New Gen Mission (Zambia, Africa).