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Be Thou My Vision: The Hymn That Gave Me Strength While Dealing With a Relative's Drug Addiction

Updated on August 29, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.


Favorite Hymns Can help Us Get Through the Trials of Life

Back a few years ago, a relative of mine was struggling with substance abuse. No, I should really say it like it was: He was a drug addict. Every night I was afraid I would get THE call, and that the person on the other end of the phone would tell me he was dead. This had been going on for a few years but worsened as time went on until it had gotten life threatening. I had trouble sleeping. I cried a lot. I prayed a lot. I cleaned my house a lot because if I sat down, I would start thinking, or crying, again. He was struggling with his belief in God, so NA ( Narcotics Anonymous) was no help to him because you need to believe in a higher power, and at that time in his life, he did not. I went to Naranon meetings ( like Alanon but it was for families and friends of drug addicts instead of alcoholics). The Naranon meetings helped me a lot, Naranon is like Alanon, but instead of dealing with family members and friends of alcoholics, it's for friends and family members of drug addicts. It's a place you can go and let your guard down and be uplifted by other members of the group who are also experiencing the same thing as you are, because of someone with a drug addiction. Unfortunately, when I left the Naranon meetings and tried to sleep at night after I got home, I would still sometimes be gripped with fear.

One Sunday I went to new church. This church was more modern than mine.My church is a very traditional Baptist church. At the time, I was searching for something different. This new church had the words of hymns as we sang them shown on a screen down in the front of the church. It had a band down there too that led the singing. This was definitely not what I was used to, but I was intrigued. When this song started, I recognized it immediately, but never really paid attention to the words like I did that day. They jumped out from the screen at me, and straight into my heart. As I sang them, tears trickled out of my eyes and down my face. I could tell that God was letting me know He was in control, and that if He was my vision, and the one true thing I kept my eyes on, then it would be alright.I went home and looked up the words to this hymn on the internet. I printed them off and carried them to work with me. I posted them on the bulletin board above my desk, so I would see them every day, and be reminded that God is in control,

The words of this hymn still touch me today every time I hear them. I have included the words and video below. May they offer peace and reassurance to you, as they did to me, and still do.

There are many other hymns out there that give people strength. For some reason, this one has touched my heart more than most. It reminds me to stay focused on God in spite of the trials and tribulations of my everyday life! Please take the poll below and if your favorite hymn is not listed, leave it in the comment section.


My relative is doing much better now.He finally put himself into a rehab program. But it's  always "one day at a time"  
as the saying goes. This song 
still warms my soul and gives me strength every time I hear it. 

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia


      Well, it certainly will be a day of rejoicing and that's not morbid. I guess that is a good hymn to have sung at a funeral because it will give people hope for a brighter future, if by some chance they have forgotten about that while mourning your loss. I'll be rejoicing with you!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia


      Just one more thing we have in common. I have never heard the new version of this but would love to have heard you sing it.

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      Melody Gateley 4 years ago

      My favorite hymn is "When we all Get to Heaven". I know this is a little morbid but it is one of the songs that I want at my funeral. I have loved this hymn since I was a little girl and still do.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      A similar circumstance, also with a close family member, occurred in my life. I'm so thankful that the outcome was positive.

      I really like contemporary Christian music, but if I were to choose an old hymn with a new bent, it'd have to be Chris Tomlin's Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone medley, one I've personally been blessed with the opportunity to sing at two churches and a Memorial Day service. Thanks for sharing!


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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Do you think the actual musical performance is online anywhere? I have never heard this.

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      Arline 4 years ago

      Precious Lord, take my hand

      Here I am Lord


      Prayer of the Children ( not really a hymn but has been sung in our church as such by the USCG group - also, there is a great version by an Acapella group SIM, from Middlebury College)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I have just updated this hub with a hymn poll. Please take it because I am interested in seeing which hymns are the most popular. Thanks.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks donnaisabella.

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Amen Karen. I love this song very much and every time it is sang, tears come to my eyes. Thanks for sharing about your loved one who struggles with this problem. I wish you well and my prayers will be for thee and for thin loved one. Stay blessed.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks for sharing t

      this story.