I never knew of this hymn until I found it this morning. Here we have it a la Sunday school: just the one lady on the one piano, and you have to sing it yourself. Sometimes that’s the way I like it.
And now I have to go to the nursing home and hand in a whopping big box of Aunt Joan’s paperwork, which we will be exceedingly glad to get out of our hair–and even gladder if we did the job right and her future care is ensured. Good grief, imagine having to do this with clay tablets…
I haven’t posted this for quite a while–one of my favorites, Be Thou My Vision. This hymn comes to us from Ireland, back in the 8th century, and has never lost its power to stir our souls and remind us that we love our God.
Sing out louder, everybody, sing it louder: the times are evil, but our God is good.
Today’s hymn, Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning, is sung by the choir at Lincoln Cathedral. Construction of this majestic house of worship began in 1088, and the video provides a tour while you’re listening to the hymn. Not to get carried away with the works of our own hands–a dangerous temptation: but God did create us in His image, and we can’t help wanting to create beautiful things, as He does. Hence the art and architecture, music and sculpture, devoted to God’s glory.
I don’t find it surprising that buildings designed by secularists look like drawers in a county morgue.
I love this hymn–the first hymn I ever taught myself to play on the harmonica. I don’t know who this is performing it, but it’s a beautiful performance and the accompanying images of God’s handiwork–well, I find it very stirring. Don’t you?
Here the sun is shining brightly on a smooth blanket of pure white snow, under an azure sky streaked with cottony clouds: this is my Father’s world.
I’ve been posting a hymn every day now for a year–or is it nearer two years?–and it seems to be that I’m more moved by them, emotionally, instead of less I find the sky and the snow more moving, too, along with everything else out there: my Father’s handiwork, all of which speaks softly, “God is nigh.” And I know they speak truth: I can feel it.
You feel it, too, don’t you? And if only we knew how to express it!
This hymn stirs my soul. I hope it stirs yours, too.
Written by Charles Wesley. Sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Blessed by Our Father in Heaven.
This is another one of those hymns we ought to sing louder–He Who Would Valiant Be (originally To Be a Pilgrim, with words by John Bunyan). This is a performance by choirs from Gloucester Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral, and Worcester Cathedral, all of them in England: there’s life in England yet, thank God. Maybe He will make it burgeon forth again.
Praise of God should be a regular part of daily life–and you don’t need an orchestra to do it. Here all it takes is three people and a guitar. And I chose this hymn because I found myself whistling it in the shower yesterday: Christ Shall Have Dominion, by A. Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. Sung to the same tune as Onward, Christian Soldiers.
Sing it today: Christ shall surely have dominion! Sing it louder.
Here we are, back in Sunday school again. This one, He Leadeth Me, was in the hymnal that they gave us when they reckoned we weren’t just a lot of little kids anymore, and wanted to prepare us to go to church with the adults. I can still hear Mrs. Raleigh playing this on the piano while we sixth-graders, feeling very grown-up with our grown-up hymnals, sang.
I’m sure I’ve posted this before, but it’s a great hymn with which to start the day–Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. This rousing, blow-the-doors-off rendition is by the choir and congregation of The Church of God.