Elizabeth Codner, 1824–1919
He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. (Psalm 72:6)
The spiritual blessings of a Spirit-filled life are intended for every believer, not just for a favored few.
The author of this hymn text was Elizabeth Codner, the wife of an Anglican clergyman. She was having her personal devotions one day when she became deeply impressed with a verse of Scripture, Ezekiel 34:26:
I will cause the shower to come down in the season, there shall be showers of blessing.
Mrs. Codner thought about the importance of water in the dry country of Palestine and related this to the necessity of the daily refreshment of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures in a believer’s life. When she was still contemplating this truth, a group of young people from the parish called on her and told the news of their recent trip to Ireland. They related that certain cities and areas of the Emerald Isle had experienced a spiritual awakening durin…