Grace Notes

Musings on great hymns.

O God in Whom All Life Begins

O God in Whom All Life Begins O God in whom all life begins, who births the seed to fruit, bestow Your blessing on our lives; here let Your love find root. Bring forth in us the Spirit’s gifts of patience, joy, and peace; deliver us from numbing fear, and grant our faith increase. The…

Give to the Winds Your Fears

#55 CG — Give to the Winds Your Fears Give to the winds your fears, hope, and be undismayed; God hears your sighs and counts your tears, God shall lift up your head. Through waves and clouds and storms He gently clears the way; Wait for His time, so shall the night soon end in…

Open My Eyes, That I May See

Open My Eyes, That I May See Silently now I wait for Thee, Ready, my God, Thy will to see; Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine! Wait.                                    Wait.                                    Wait.                                    How hard is that for you? For me, and for most of us, waiting is nigh to impossible. While…

Let Your Heart Be Broken

Let Your Heart Be Broken Add to your believing deeds that prove it true — Knowing Christ as Savior, make Him Master too; Follow in His footsteps, go where He has trod, In the world’s great trouble risk yourself for God.   …In the world’s great trouble, risk yourself for God. Risk yourself for God.…

Holy Presence, Holy Teacher

Holy Presence, Holy Teacher   By our nurture, by our culture every life is shaped to grow, fed by long tradition’s learning, formed by mentors as we go; tune our ears to hear the gospel questioning accepted thought, ready to respect each other, see the gifts that each has brought.   Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!…

Like a Mother with Her Children

Hymn #54 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — Like a Mother with Her Children Like a mother with her children You will comfort us each day, giving guidance on our journey, as we seek to find our way. When we walk through fiery trials, You will help us take a stand; when we pass through troubled…

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts

Hymn #394 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts Jesus, Thou joy of loving hearts, Thou fount of life, Thou light of all, From the best bliss that earth imparts, We turn unfilled to hear Thy call. Meh. Whatevs. idc. Mom, I’m bored. There are lots of ways, old and new,…

Break Thou the Bread of Life

Hymn #35 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — Break Thou the Bread of Life Break Thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, As Thou didst break the loaves beside the sea; Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord, My spirit pants for Thee, O living Word. Seeking Christ beyond the page. Sounds exciting,…

This Is My Father’s World

Hymn #17 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — 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…

Come Away from Rush and Hurry

#302 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “Come Away from Rush and Hurry” Come, then, children, with your burdens — life’s confusions, fears, and pain. Leave them at the cross of Jesus, take instead His kingdom’s reign. Bring your thirsts, for He will quench them — He alone will satisfy. All our longings find attainment when…

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