In Praise of the Hymn

Beautifully crafted word pictures are some of my favorite things.  Another of my favorite things are music notes on a page.  I guess that’s my second language.  If you smash the two together, you may come up with . . .

Hymns.  I know, how terribly old-fashioned of me.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love praise & worship music, too.  And I get the whole idea that it is the genre that seems to draw more people into church.  And I get that it also, with its easy words and its few words, makes for easily singing these songs with eyes closed.  Somehow that seems to have translated into “better worshiping” than singing from a hymnal.

I’ve listened the last couple of mornings to some old hymns and their beautiful words have caused me to close my eyes.

Here’s today’s “hit” – Be Thou My Vision, written in 6th century Ireland!  Thank you, Eleanor Hull, for translating it to English in 1912.

That’s all I have to say about that . . . .

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