Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sunday Hymns and Herrington Babies: This Is My Father's World

This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad! 

We're taking a month long break from the lectionary to do a series on the natural world. I don't think it's a coincidence that Annie seemed more tuned in to the service than usual and I'm looking forward to spending some time talking to her more myself about how God meets us in refreshing streams and dessert wildernesses and mountains high and valleys deep- figuratively and literally. About how He has been there on both the brightest and the darkest days of my life and about how every good thing finds it's origin in Him. I am grateful that this focus on creation is a natural (no pun intended) occurrence at Northside in general and for the way people there value the things she does- little animals and interesting plants and dirt and insects. They, and she, have taught me to love this earth better.

This is one of my favorite songs and I'm looking forward to adding it to the nighttime rotation (after a weird several year sabbatical, I randomly started singing to them at bedtime again and strangely, they adore it) and hopefully having them memorize it.

Though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet-- let me ne'er forget!!! A wonderful prayer for this day, and every day.


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