Sunshine in My Soul, the Song and the Story

Composer Eliza E. Hewitt Writes Sunshine in My Soul



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After six months in bed due to a back injury, Eliza E. Hewitt was finally released from her body cast and able to leave the house for a walk in the park. As she reveled in the joy of freedom and the beauty of the day, she was inspired to write the lyrics to the hymn Sunshine in My Soul.

Hewitt enlisted the services of John R. Sweeney (1837-1899), composer of many songs, including Beulah Land, to compose a lively melody for this happy song. The result was a hymn that still brings a smile to the face of listeners and singers, young and old alike.

Sunshine in My Soul

There is sunshine in my soul today
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my Light.

Refrain:
O there's sunshine, bless'd sunshine,
When the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face,
There is sunshine in the soul.

There is music in my soul today,
A carol to my King,
And Jesus, listening, can hear
The songs I cannot sing.

Refrain

There is springtime in my soul today,
For, when the Lord is near,
The dove of peace sings in my heart,
The flowers of grace appear.

Refrain

There is gladness in my soul today,
And hope and praise and love,
For blessings which He gives me now,
For joys laid up above.

Refrain

(For other songs by Eliza Hewitt, see: Calvary's Stream is Flowing the Story and When We All get to Heaven the Story)

Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen

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