Here’s a Charles Wesley hymn I haven’t heard before: Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
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Okay, there’s nobody out there cursing or fighting just now, the cats are fed, and now let our souls be lit by Jesus Christ Our Lord, the Light of the World–the true Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9). This is the Light the darkness can’t put out–not even the darkness of this evil age.
Written by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
If plodding through the daily news these days doesn’t make you feel like you’ve wound up in Pilgrim’s Progress, I don’t know what will. I sometimes think John Bunyan wrote that book, and this hymn, especially for us.
We must be pilgrims, not castaways. God put us here and now for a reason. Let us shoulder the burdens He gave us, and serve Him with all our hearts.
I particularly love this version of the hymn by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Go get ’em, Maddy!
Today’s hymn, And Can It Be, by Charles Wesley, is performed in its original 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
“And can it be that I should gain/ An interest in the Savior’s blood?
By the time Saturday morning rolls around, the news of this dark and evil age feels to me like a bad sunburn. Every time you move, it hurts. You can’t bear to put your shirt on.
This hymn reveals the antidote: Jesus Christ. Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, has become one of my all-time favorite hymns, and I hope you like it, too. Jesus is that light, the true light, that lighteth every man who cometh into the world (John 1): the light the darkness cannot comprehend.
I need a hymn to brace me up this morning, before this machine gives me a nervous breakdown. So here again, one of my favorites, To Be a Pilgrim–words by John Bunyan, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
Before I wade out into dirty waters, I hope none of you mind if I play Light of the World again: words by Charles Wesley, music by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, content by the Holy Spirit.
Christ Out Lord shall set His throne upon the earth.
Sometimes a day of tracking the news just knocks the stuffing out of me. This hymn, and God’s grace, puts it back in: Who Would True Valor See, words by John Bunyan–who knew a thing or three about these things!–with music by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
Meanwhile, what can be done for a great city sliding into sin? That was a sticking-point today, for my new book, The Temptation. And, as He has so often done before, the Lord gave me the next step in telling the story–something I never would have thought of on my own. Something that, quite frankly, blew me away.
For which I give Him the glory and my thanks, and pray my work will be fruitful in His service.
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, by Charles Wesley: an 18th-century hymn with a solid Biblical message. Just listen to the lyrics (“Finish, then, thy new creation…”). Beautifully and soothingly performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
The only excuse I have for posting this hymn again is that I love it, and it deeply moves me–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Like so many of Wesley’s hymns, it’s a prayer set to music. And it tells us, “God is nigh.”