Starting this week, our “Question of the Week” feature becomes “Three Questions”—for obvious reasons. The door recently opened for me to interview songwriter Carolyn Adkins, who penned the song “Fear Not Tomorrow” (from the Collingsworth Family’s most recent project, The Answer.)
Daniel: What inspired the song “Fear Not Tomorrow “?
Carolyn: The Lord gave the song while I was recovering from the worst case of flu I’d ever experienced, during the Christmas season – a time that I could ill afford to be sick. During one of those feverish days, I tuned in to one of our Christian radio stations and heard the warm voice of George Beverly Shea. He was being interviewed and his final words were, “Fear not tomorrow – God is already there.” This was just what I needed to hear! I realized that God wasn’t boxed in by time as we are…He was already in those tomorrows that I was so concerned about. Very soon, my anxiety was replaced by His Sweet Peace.
When I was able to function again, I sat down at the piano and began taking dictation from Heaven as the words and music came together in only a few minutes. That was in the late 1960’s, when it seemed the whole world was in a state of uncertainty because of the cold war, but now – especially since 9/11, and the recent global financial melt-down, these words hold special comfort for me and I pray, for all who hear them – “Fear not tomorrow – God is already there” – and He’s waiting to guide you and me through all our tomorrows and through anything that may concern us.
Daniel: Has anyone else besides the Collingsworth Family recorded it, or did it actually sit for forty years waiting for someone to cut it?
Carolyn: I enjoyed a 10-year period of solo music ministry in the Dayton, Ohio, area in the 1960’s and 1970’s, with two gifted piano accompanists, Esther Fogarty and Thelma Price. Folks began asking for a record, so Esther and I recorded a LP album. That album was later in CD and Cassette form and is still played on several Christian Radio Networks, especially “Sounds of Joy”, a program hosted by Dave Freelan, who tells me that “Fear Not Tomorrow” has been the program’s most requested song for 40 years.
Daniel: Have you written any other songs that have been recorded by Southern Gospel groups?
Carolyn: Although The Lord has given about 20 songs, no other group has recorded one of my compositions. The Collingsworth Family’s recording of “Fear Not Tomorrow” is one of those beautiful “God did it all” happenings!
Daniel, I sincerely thank you for allowing me to tell more of the story behind “Fear Not Tomorrow”. I praise Him for the way that He is still using the song that He gave for His Purposes!
Daniel: I likewise thank you for sharing the story. The song is still a blessing!