Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg (1832-1903) was the daughter of a Lutheran minister in Sweden. After witnessing her father’s death by drowning while they were crossing a lake in Sweden, Sandell expressed her grief and found strength by pouring out her feelings in hymns. Swedish guitarist and singer, Oskar Ahnfelt, who teamed up with the leading lay preacher Carl Rosenius, set Sandell’s hymns to music and sang them throughout Scandinavia, where they found great resonance with the people.
After the death of her mother, Sandell moved to a home sponsored by a religious group, where she focused on writing poetry and published it under her initials L.S. (Lina Sandell). She eventually penned more than 650 poems, contributing to the spiritual revival that was then sweeping across northern Europe. Tragedy struck Sandell once again. Married to Oscar Berg at the age of 35, Sandell-Berg became ill with typhoid fever. Their only child died at childbirth. Two of the best-known hymns of Sandell in English translation are “Children of the Heavenly Father” and “Day by Day and with Each Passing Moment.”
Written by Harry Eskew, a teacher of hymnology for his entire adult life. He wrote Sing with Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Hymnology. Read full bio at singwithunderstanding.com.