Sunday, July 12, 2009

Hymn Stories: Got Any Rivers

My mother has often sung this little song. It was in looking for the author for her that I came across its story on the web. What a blessed reminder of God's ability! It has been reprinted with the express permission of the author's son, Vic Eliason, and is expressed in his own words. The lyrics printed are as his father wrote them, though there are currently many versions of it and other verses.

My father is Oscar C. Eliason. Dad wrote the chorus in 1929. He was dying of TB in a Minneapolis hospital and an elderly minister came by one evening and prayer was offered. The next day be began to improve and he continued to improve to such an extent that the Doctors admitted that something out of the ordinary had happened. As he was getting better he saw an adv. in the Minneapolis Star Tribune by a construction company that used the slogan. He changed the words to:
Got any rivers you think are uncrossable
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through
God specializes in things thought impossible
He does the things others cannot do.
Because it spread from mouth to mouth it became altered in many interesting ways.

What a joy to know that this little chorus has touched and encouraged so many lives.

God Bless you.

Vic Eliason, Vice President
VCY America Radio Network

Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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