"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" - 1 John 4:10 How to adequately describe this hymn? It's a prayer of acknowledgement, a prayer for forgiveness, a prayer of hope. A prayer that encourages us to draw near to … Continue reading Hymns: Just As I Am
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4 Psalm 23 is probably among the best-known Bible passages. And it's easy to see why. It's beautiful, it's evocative, it's reassuring. I will admit, Year Abroad … Continue reading Hymns: The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend)
One of the best things about being in France is learning a whole number of new hymns and worship songs - and being able to use those to learn more actual French as well! Venez, divin Messie (Come, divine Messiah) is a lovely French song which perfectly demonstrates how we wait in hope, especially during … Continue reading Hymns: Venez, divin Messie!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30 One of my favourite things … Continue reading Hymns: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23 As I so often seem to do, I'm coming back to the theme of God's enduring faithfulness. I know some people who don't particularly like this hymn. Those who find … Continue reading Hymns: Great Is Thy Faithfulness
There is a worrying amount to do before September. It's very tempting to just stick my head in the sand but I've done that enough already. When I finally dare to take my head out of the sand I always worry that I'll be surrounded by paperwork. Fortunately, it's mostly under control. But try telling … Continue reading Hymns: I Will Sing The Wondrous Story
"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." - Philippians 2:10-11 Let's just say I'm in a particularly good mood right now. The paperwork I've been stressing about … Continue reading Hymns: At the Name of Jesus