Hymn #433: In the Bulb There Is a Flower
Natalie Sleeth composed the tune PROMISE for her own words, and the song was first performed in anthem form at Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, at a March 1985 concert. Her husband, dying of a malignancy, requested that this hymn be played at his funeral service.
Natalie Sleeth, the wife of a Methodist minister and professor of homiletics, spent most of her life in university communities in Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Evanston, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado. Sleeth received two honorary degrees for her work in church music.