Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today, we remember the events of 9/11.  We pray for those still grieving, we thank those who became heroes that day, we seek hope for all.  We each have our own story, our own personal version of how that tragic day forever changed our lives and our perspectives on the world.

There are still a lot of questions.  There are still a lot of emotions that don't make it feel like it was twelve years ago.  This world is a crazy, ever-changing, non-stop entity that so often feels like it is spinning out of our control.

But, while we all cling to hope and seek out answers and hold hands in this struggle to survive on this planet together, I'm reminded of one singular truth that keeps me focused on a day when I'm recalling so much confusion:  we have an unchanging God who lovingly rules over this ever-changing world.

This is my Father's World.

Here are the lyrics to the hymn with that title, and I hope they bring you hope as we all remember today.

This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought. 
This is my Father's world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker's praise. 
This is my Father's world, he shines in all that's fair; in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere. 
This is my Father's world. O let me ne'er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. 
This is my Father's world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

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