And daily I’ll take my cross…

All you possess, do you forget, as if by your own strength You earned it? No! He gave you all, everything you have. Your righteousness, your life, your breath, your daily bread and wine, His blood, His flesh, His love, His death, Your faith and endless life —partial lyrics from the song Abide by Jenny and Tyler from the […]

I hear the sound of a voice inside / O Savior won’t you come

4 songs from the album Echoes by Matt Maher. Echoes One lyrics: I hear the sound of a voice inside Keeping me awake in the middle of the night Telling me to make all the wrong things right I hear the sound of a voice inside I hear the sound of a voice inside Keeping […]

A Singing School!

In the final stanza, Montgomery unites the choir on earth with the choir in heaven: Saints below, with heart and voice, Still in songs of praise rejoice; Learning here, by faith and love, Songs of praise to sing above. Hymns of glory, songs of praise, Father, unto Thee we raise; Jesu, glory unto Thee, Ever […]

Jesus, All My Gladness

Here let’s glance at another translation of the same German poem [Jesu, Meine Freude], by J.W. Wotherspoon (1912): + Wotherspoon… makes sure that the final line of the first stanza echoes the first line—they will be sung to the same notes—and that the final line of the entire hymn will repeat the first line exactly. […]

Saints and Signals

An email to my daughter in January of this year: I mentioned the other day how I liked what mom said to you with regard to pressure you might be feeling about balancing everything… getting school work done, spending time with family, etc. Mom said she asked you what was most important in your life, […]

He Withholds No Good Things From Us (3 Songs)

Enough (by Sara Groves from the album, Floodplain) Late nights, long hours Questions are drawn like a thin red line No comfort left over No safe harbor in sight Really we don’t need much Just strength to believe There’s honey in the rock, There’s more than we see In these patches of joy These stretches […]

The Dying Thief and the Pelican

Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) sets the gold standard for Eucharistic hymns….Let us look at his Adoro Te, translated into English as Lost, All Lost in Wonder, by the great Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore, Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service […]