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 the wonders wrought.
I am writing this Grace Note from Montreat Conference Center, where I am growing and learning at the annual Conference on Worship and Music. And friends, literally everything here is entrusted with a song!
There is not a room, porch, or open space where the sounds of song, instrument, prayer, laughter, discourse, encouragement, children’s games do not float on the breeze (even the breeze may be whispering!). Open windows and doors let the sounds blend and weave in delicious ways. I would swear to you that even the rhododendron leaves rubbing together in the night wind, the water spilling over the falls, the rocks being skipped in the lake are composing their own Foothills tune, secret and turning and hard to catch, but no less real. Physicists and astronomers tell us that the universe even vibrates in tune to it’s own pitch — B-flat… that’s right, the universe is singing!
What a world we people, where even nature sings! Whose mind could conceive, whose hand shape, whose presence bless a thrumming, vibrating, singing universe like ours?
This good God, Creator and Nurturer and Sustainer of this wild symphony, solar system to cell! Thanks be!