Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dear Lord and Father

(Song begins at 1:45)
Words by John G. Whittier, 1872; melody by Frederick C. Maker, 1887 ("Rest")
Rise Up Singing chapter: Faith, p.41
C - - D / FC Am G - / C - E7 F /
F DmD G C / F - C -

The prophet in the story at the end of the video is Elijah. He was fleeing through the desert from queen Jezebel and, overwhelmed, he asked God to let him die. Instead God sent an angel to give him food and water, and strength for the journey. That strength lasted him 40 days and 40 nights until he came to Horeb, still in despair over his predicament. An angel voice told him to go up on the mountain, and that's where it happened. The rest is in the video.

Dear Lord and father of us all
(Dear Lord and father of mankind)
Forgive our foolish ways
Reclothe us in our rightful mind
In purer lives they service find
In deeper reverence, praise

In simple trust like those who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee

O Sabbath rest by Galilee
O calm of hills above
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by Love

Drop thy still dews of quietness
Til all our strivings cease
Take from our souls the strain and stress
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire
Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire
O still, small voice of calm

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