As a little boy, Hans would sing this hymn in the back seat of the car, all the way to town (45 miles), at the top of his lungs. It contains all the theology a little boy needs to know. Big boys, too. Nothing But the Blood of Jesus Robert Lowry (1876) 1 What can … Continue reading Nothing But the Blood
Remembering today our fallen military and law enforcement. We will not forget. Because freedom is not free. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'ns rescued land praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation! -Francis Scott Key America, The Beautiful Words by Katharine Lee Bates, Melody by Samuel Ward O beautiful … Continue reading Still There
The Lord’s Church is on my heart this morning and this post ministered to me in a special way just when I needed it. Thank you, Barbara.
A couple of weeks ago at prayer meeting, we opened with a hymn that I purposefully made note of the page number, so that I could come back to it because the lyrics, along with its melody were so weighty, so overwhelming and humbling. It made me so appreciative of God’s magnificent and sovereign electing grace.
The hymn was an old hymn from the year 1707, by Isaac Watts, How Sweet and Awful Is The Place. When I first sung this song at my church, I struggled to understand what was meant by “awful”, and later discovered it meant in its truest sense, awe-inspiring. It has been changed to awesome in revision, which I believe diminishes its weight.
Some hymns help to right our thoughts about God and his providence. They help to buoy our faith and trust in him. Some hymns remind us that we are of another kingdom…
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We sang 'Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing' at Hans' memorial service two years ago today. Years before that, long before Hans left us, our daughter used to play an arrangement of this hymn that I felt lent itself well to being played at some future graduation ceremony for Hans, should he want one (he … Continue reading Hans’ Favorite Hymn
Dear Grieving, Believing Parent: This hymn never fails to lift my spirit and I can't wait to sing it with all the saints in glory. Take a few minutes' break from your day to view the video link. I think I can promise you will be encouraged.
"Elizabeth Prentiss, who lost two children, wrote "More Love To Thee" while deep in her grief." Click here to read the entire post.
Remembering today the military families that have lost loved ones. Thank you for your service to our country. Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'ns rescued land praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation! -Francis Scott Key America, The Beautiful - Words by Katharine Lee Bates, Melody by Samuel Ward … Continue reading Still There
Dear Grieving, Believing Parent: This hymn never fails to lift my spirit and I can't wait to sing it with all the saints in glory. Take a few minutes' break from your day to view the video below. I think I can promise you will be encouraged. With God's help, let's train ourselves to keep … Continue reading When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
We sang this at Hans' memorial service a year ago today. I think he would have liked Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor's rendition. View the whole thing. It is powerfully simple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOWqMwqzUjM
Eight days before Hans died, in Sunday morning worship at church, we sang the hymn “More Love to Thee” by Elizabeth Prentiss. It is a challenge for me to sing this hymn honestly and I have always hesitated when beginning verse three which, in our hymnbook, reads: Let sorrow do its work, Send grief and … Continue reading Courageous