This Is My Father’s World

The Lord recently touched my heart through the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.” (Hear Gungor’s rendition here). The words and tune project a childlike confidence: everything is God’s and He is lovingly involved with all. Nothing can change that, and nothing can threaten the soul that rests in such a Father. The text of…

Lies

“Lies” is a gorgeous grief-ballad by Glen Hansard. It tells the story of a relationship that dies by degrees, almost unnoticed by the couple. One striking section of lyrics goes: Maybe if you slowed down for me I could see you’re only tellin’ lies, lies, lies Breakin’ us down with your lies, lies, lies When…

When the Wind Blows

In December, I finished a new CD of songs the Lord has given me over the years. The album is called, “Poured Out” and centers on themes of communion—the Lord pouring Himself out at the cross as well as our participation in His death and life. The bread and wine of communion ceremonies depict these…

Lord of the Dance

“Lord of the Dance” is a hymn written by Sydney Carter in the 1960s and set to the Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts.” I have been unable to get it out of my head. For over a week, this song greets me when I get up and pops in my head throughout the day. Even when…

Babe of Bethlehem

About 20 years ago, my wife and I became acquainted with the music group, Nowell Sing We Clear. We were immediately struck with the way their lively music focused Christmas on Christ. Truly, they sing nowell clear. “Babe of Bethlehem” is one of their songs I’ve come to love because of its presentation of who…

Before Your Throne I Now Appear

”Before Your Throne I Now Appear” is a chorale written by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is known as his deathbed chorale because some said he wrote it just before he died. This isn’t far from the truth. It seems an earlier form of the chorale existed. But having suffered a stroke that left him blind,…

Rising Sun

“All Sons and Daughters” is a music group my family has come to cherish. The Spirit of God just steps past whatever walls I have as I listen to their words and music. “Rising Sun” is a song we love doing at church. It is full of the joy and beauty of the Lord. A…

More than a Friend

I have had the song “More than a Friend” by Jeremy Riddle on my heart. It is a vulnerable song that undoes me. Enjoy just being with Jesus! *** In the quiet of my soulIn the stillness I hear Your voice callAnd I am overwhelmedAnd I am lost for wordsTo describe you Jesus You’re more…

Riu Riu Chiu

Riu Riu Chiu is a 16th century Spanish Christmas carol I have enjoyed over the years. Its syncopated, dance-feel gets hands and feet tapping! Recently, I was reading the lyrics, and was struck afresh by their power. Protestant readers will have to overlook the Marian theology in the first two verses, but I think any…

Once and for All—Lauren Daigle

A couple weeks ago, the song, “Once and for All” by Lauren Daigle shuffled onto my i-Tunes playlist.  I have been unable to get it out of my head since.  It is a vulnerable song about resigning to the Lord.  Songs like this are always meaningful but I find it particularly relevant at this season…