Let’s Soothe Our Souls

There’s a lot to be distressed about, these days, and don’t we all know it!

Let’s share a hymn. How many times must Doc Watson have performed this hymn for an audience, and still could hardly get through it without giving in to tears? What a Friend We Have in Jesus… “take it to the Lord in prayer.”

If I had a working guitar, and the talent to make music on it, I’d sing and play this hymn until I cried my eyes out.

And I would be the better for it.

‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’

The Welsh hymn, Hyfrydol, seems to have a different set of lyrics for every denomination’s hymnal. Here the choir at the First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, sings at as Love Divine, All Loves Excelling. Whatever the version, I’ve always loved it.

Fun fact: A posting of Hyfrydol (not this one) a year or two ago produced this blog’s all-time high single day’s viewership–over 300 views that day. I guess I’m not the only one who loves it!

‘I am Thine, O Lord’

How about a Fanny Crosby hymn to start the day? I am Thine, O Lord, sung by the choir at the Technical University of Mombasa.

God has raised up brothers and sisters for us all over the world–and us for them.

Sanity Break: ‘In the Sweet By and By’

I don’t know about you, but I need a sanity break. I need a hymn–and this one has moved me to tears. This is the one I wanted.

In the Sweet By and By, performed by our own dear friends and colleagues, Joshua and Jeremy Swanson–yes, this is the one I wanted.  I pray it works for you, too.

‘Creator Spirit, By Whose Aid’

Here’s a hymn from The Lutheran Warbler–Cretor Spirit, By Whose Aid. All I was able to find out about it was that John Dryden translated it into English in 1693. And it’s in the Lutheran Service Book.

‘How Firm a Foundation’

In the church I grew up in, they sang this hymn to the tune of O Come All Ye Faithful. I wonder if ours was the only church that did that.

Anyway, I really couldn’t resist the background sets found here: How Firm a Foundation, sung by Catherine Lovett.

One More Time, ‘Behold the Mountain of the Lord’

We don’t happen to have a hymn request yet this morning, so I’ll fall back on one of my favorites–the old Scottish hymn, Behold the Mountain of the Lord, sung by Godfrey Birtill.

And if there’s still a Christmas hymn or two you’d like to hear, please let us know.

By Request, ‘Be Thou My Vision’

Requested by Joshua–and on his birthday, no less: how can I say No?–Be Thou My Vision, by GLAD.

This is one of my very favorite hymns–and do you guys know how old it is? It’s from the early 700’s! And still very popular today. What wouldn’t I give to hear it the way it sounded when it was first sung? I wonder what musical instruments they used. God bless those Irish monks who kept the lights on, all through the Dark Ages.

‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’

I’ve never heard a more beautiful piece of music than this–Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, by Johann Sebastian Bach. This performance is by St. George’s Singers, with an oboe solo.

‘This Is My Father’s World’

I thought we needed this today: …And let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ God is the ruler yet. And He can see what a hash we’ve made of things.

This Is My Father’s World, sung by Fernando Ortega; with background sets by God the Father.