By Request, ‘Just As I Am’

I can never hear this hymn without thinking of my Aunt Millie, whom the pastor of her church used to call “our little ewe lamb.” I do miss her!

Requested by Thewhiterabbit, Just As I Am, sung by the Antrim Mennonite Choir.

By Request, ‘In the Garden’

We have a hymn request from Phoebe–In the Garden, sung by Alan Jackson.

Heavy roadwork just outside is shaking our building up and down, and I’m with you, Phoebe–I need a visit to the Garden… where Our Lord is waiting for us.

‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

I usually save this hymn for around Christmas-time; but I feel a need for it today. Maybe some of you could use it, too. Anyway, no one has asked for anything else.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo, sung by the Libera boys’ choir…


By Request, ‘Until Then’

Look at that: no likes, no comments, and my allergies are killing me this morning. Well, I’ll just have to do the best I can.

Requested (last night) by SlimJim: Until Then, performed by the His Image Singers. Lovely backgrounds, the work of God’s hands.

By Request, ‘Praise My Soul the King of Heaven’

Requested by Phoebe, Praise My Soul the King of Heaven. I’d never heard this hymn before, but I’m in a mood of thanksgiving and I couldn’t have selected a better him to express it! Sung by a Northern Baptist Association choir.

I’m just a little daunted by the magnitude of the task, writing three more books–but that’s all right, the Lord will help me. And a little fear is a good thing for a storyteller.

‘Light of the World’ (I Need It)

It’s the little things that beat you down. The weather’s dark and dreary, I’m running late, and all sorts of equipment is failing me–blood pressure monitor, Patty’s car, toilet. All at once.

So I pray this hymn blesses me, and all of you who hear it: Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘He Hideth My Soul’

No likes, no comments, no hymn requests today so far; but I do have this hymn in mind. One of eight or nine thousand hymns that Fanny Crosby wrote: He Hideth My Soul, sung on a beach in Hawaii by students from Fountainview Academy.

I’m glad they didn’t try to bring a piano down the cliff.

‘Wonderful Words of Life’

No hymn requests yet: so I dip into my bag of favorites and come up with a good old Sunday school favorite, Wonderful Words of Life, played and sung by the students at Fountainview Academy.

How they get that piano into the woods is a mystery to me.

‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ (Gordon Quartet)

Another very, very slow day so far. No hymn requests, so I’m on my own.

I’ve always loved this video–Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, by the Gordon Quartet. No microphones, no musical instruments, no studio, nothing but their voices.

And that’s all they need.

‘Like a River Glorious’

I wanted to post To Be a Pilgrim, but was afraid I’d worn out its welcome. Then this one popped into my head. Ah! Just right! Like a River Glorious, sung by the Smucker Family. Sets by God the Father: beauty the work of His hands.