Lord of all hopefulness

Lord of all hopefulness  was written by Jan Struther and first published in 1931. She created the character Mrs. Miniver for The Times in the years leading up to the Second World War. The film Mrs. Miniver won six Acadamy Awards in 1942.


Jan Struther had a difficult life and suffered from deep depressions which eventually placed her in hospital. She did not attend church and may have struggled with belief in God as many do both within and without the churches. As is often the case it was the Lord Jesus who spoke to her heart and produced the beautiful words of one of our most popular hymns.

The hymn is about the love, peace and grace of the Lord Jesus - the one 'whose hands are skilled at the plane and the lathe.'

Lord Jesus,

may we trust in you above all others;

may we call upon you morning, noon and night;

may your Light shine upon us and within us;

may your loving grace heal, forgive and restore us.