When things are shifting…

A bulb sprouting

In the unsettling that is life, whether things are good, bad, or just changing, I’m learning to be helped by remembering the prayers that are wrapped around me.  I often forget it, but I know they’re there, a silent, invisible, but very real offering rising as incense to the Father from dear ones scattered across the globe.

Another help is the words of old hymns.  They are full of solid truths that have been sung for generations, a reminder both of God’s unchanging presence and that great cloud of witnesses which we cannot see at the moment.

Clipped above the kitchen sink, these are some of the words have been cheering and strengthening me lately,

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might,
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above,
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

Sprouting bulbs

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest.
Thou the Father, Christ our brother–
All who live in love are thine:
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

tulips sprouting

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God,
To endless years the same.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while life shall last,
And our eternal home.

(Not familiar with the tunes?  Listen here, here, and here.)

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa G. says:

    You’re right about hymns being so uplifting and helpful. Hang in there.

    1. dwellrichly says:

      Thanks! Just working on taking one day at a time and remembering that I’m not the one in control, but that doesn’t mean that things are out of control, which is actually really good news. 🙂

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