Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Bit of Encouragement

I've been quiet here concerning politics, and I don't intend to change that now. I just want to share a little something from my heart.

I woke yesterday with an underlying feeling of discouragement - a little like a low-grade fever. It lay there below the surface disturbing the peace. I read friends' words of encouragement, read His words and prayed - still it lingered.

We had choir practice last evening. I always go feeling a bit weary (I'm not what you'd call a night owl.) and leave feeling exhilarated. I carried my discouragement in the door with me. Ray, our music minister, spoke just a few words - just a few. And then we sang one of the hymns we'd recorded several months ago. All around me faces turned toward heaven and hands were lifted high as the music filled the great room:

"This is my Father's world
 Oh let me ne'er forget.
 That though the wrong
 Seems oft so strong,
 God is the ruler yet."

Words are powerful, but something special happens when they are set to music. I share this to offer encouragement just in case, like me, you're feeling just a little let-down.

I left choir practice filled with hope - feeling exhilarated.


P.S. That's Ray singing with his oldest son Ben.


Linds said...

Oh Linda I absolutely loved that hymn - the words and the music. What a wonderful church you have and what a fabulous message.

Anonymous said...

Oh my Linda...can I say how much I love this..First...this is one of my all time favorite hymns...and i love the age variety of the choir...and the sound was just were you someone in the choir? thanks for sharing...blessings to you~

Linda said...

We are absolutely blessed Linds.

lil red hen said...

Linda, I also felt "down in the dumps" as the old saying goes. But then I think, God knows what is in the future for us and will sustain us.

Linda said...

I was! It was such a wonderful experience Ro. Our Music Minister has been working hard to include the younger generation in our worship. Our adult choir often sings with the kids choir and teenagers. It is a joy to watch them worship.

Linda said...

Absolutely Charlotte. His grace is sufficient.

Unknown said...

I wasn't as much let down, but I have to say that this is my absolute favorite hymn. I've attended church all my life, but didn't hear this hymn until I was an adult. The words are so beautiful and poetic, and the music so celebratory.

Thank you for sharing it--y'all have a very talented choir, too! I love that the young and older are signing together. That's beautiful.

Thoughts for the day said...

Amazing and I loved seeing the father and son singing together. That is a very large church. It did bless me thank you.

SimplyDarlene said...

but GOD.

(enough said, huh?)


molly said...

Hello and thank you for sharing this most wonderful this available on some cd or dvd? I would love to have it...thanks so much for any information.

Anonymous said...

thanks for passing this along :-) Love to you

Unknown said...

Oh WOW Linda! I have watched this video of your choir a BUNCH of times. I can't seem to get enough of it. Thank you so very much for posting it. I was so discouraged Tuesday. Somehow I forgot that "tho the wrong seems oft so strong, GOD IS THE RULER YET." I am glad I checked your post Wednesday. My husband and I were off work Thursday and Friday. Bless his heart, he's had to listen to me sing it about a thousand times. (My voice is not something you'd want to hear a thousand times.) You have blessed me, friend!

Linda said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me this Ann. I'm so happy it ministered to you. It certainly blessed us when we sang it at choir practice wednesday evening.