O Lord, Be Thou My Shepherd

This is a hymn text written especially for the 12-Step Program, although it also applies to anyone who has ever sinned.


In 2013 a family in our ward was seriously struggling due to the husband’s addictions (among other character lapses).  I thought and prayed a great deal about this family, as the wife was (is) a close friend, and I cared deeply about them, hoping they could pull things together before it was too late, especially for the sake of their three children.  I also thought a lot about addictions in general, and how the adversary chains us down, before we are even aware.


As I began writing this hymn text, I imagined each of us as a lamb chained down with no way to rescue ourselves.  Each of us, no matter what we have done or not done, is 100% dependent on the Lord’s saving power, through His atoning sacrifice.

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My Way or Thy Way?


Paul Anka penned the words to “My Way,” which became Frank Sinatra’s signature song, as well as one of the most covered songs in history. (“Yesterday” by the Beatles is a contender.) Each time I hear it, I catch my breath a little, because of its unabashed arrogance. It became a top favorite for British funerals, but death might be an ill-advised time for people (British or otherwise) to celebrate a godless attitude. (Just in case, right?)

The song reminds me of the poem “Invictus,” by William Ernest Henley.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

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His Hand Is Stretched Out Still

In our family scripture study, we’ve been reading Isaiah, and a phrase keeps repeating:

His hand is stretched out still.


In the context of Isaiah’s words, this is generally speaking of God punishing the wicked.


But I see the phrase as having multiple meanings. Here is a beautiful scripture passage about Christ reaching out to each of us sinners.


Jacob 6:4    And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches; and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long; and they are a stiffnecked and a gainsaying people; but as many as will not harden their hearts shall be saved in the kingdom of God.
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Welcome to Hosanna Hymns!

Why did we name our site HosannaHymns?    

Because Hosanna is a splendiferous word!  

In our LDS scriptures, the Study Helps explain the following:

Hosanna is a word from Hebrew that means “please save us” and is used in praise and supplication.
At the Feast of Tabernacles, which celebrated the Lord’s deliverance of Israel into the promised land, people chanted the words of Psalm 118 and waved palm branches. At the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the multitudes cried “Hosanna” and spread palm branches for Jesus to ride upon, thus demonstrating their understanding that Jesus was the same Lord who had delivered Israel anciently (Ps. 118:25–26; Matt. 21:9, 15; Mark 11:9–10; John 12:13). These people recognized Christ as the long-awaited Messiah. The word Hosanna has become a celebration of the Messiah in all ages (1 Ne. 11:6; 3 Ne. 11:14–17).

The hosanna shout was included in the dedication of the Kirtland Temple (D&C 109:79) and is now a part of the dedication of modern temples.”

We also note that the word Hosanna in scripture is followed by variations on these words:

Blessed be the name of the Lord God!
Blessed be the name of the most high God.
Blessed be the name of the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God.
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Is the prayer of your heart, “Jesus, please save us! Blessed be Thy name!”?  Are you the kind of person that would have honored Jesus by waving palm branches and singing hosannas at His triumphal entry into Jerusalem?

Then you are a kindred spirit at HosannaHymns.

Consider this passage, from the Dedicatory Prayer of the Kirtland Temple:
. . . And help us by the power of thy Spirit, that we may mingle our voices with those bright, shining seraphs around thy throne, with acclamations of praise, singing Hosanna to God and the Lamb!    —D & C 109:79

Here we learn that the angels sing hosannas.


Let’s join them in praise and supplication, both now and in the hereafter in the Heavenly Choir.