A Weekly Journal Chronicling My Life
As It Intersects With The Garbage Dump Community Near La Ceiba, Honduras

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Something Simple...

In my morning reflections today I came across a verse in Song of Solomon: "I am my lover's and He is mine." 2:16. I realize this is a letter between Solomon and his lover but the transecndence of this verse, the simple beauty of it and the parallels with the intimacy we experience with Christ was moving and it reminded me of my favorite hymn:

My Life Flows On
(Mennonite version)

My life flows on in endless song,
above earth’s lamentation.
I catch the sweet, though far off hymn
that hails a new creation.
Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?
Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night He giveth.
Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am His!
How can I keep from singing?
Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?
For those of you unfamiliar with the tune you can go to http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/h/c/hcaikeep.htm to hear it...the lyrics are bit different but I really do prefer the Mennonite version. Incidentally, the quote in this blog under my "Personal Information" is taken from the 4th verse...the import and beauty of that thought is overwhelming.

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