For All the Beauty All Around Me

Today is the third week I have not been able to make it to church.  Two weeks ago I was in too much pain to go.  Last week we were all snowed in and church was cancelled. Today I am suffering again from pain.

Feeling a little down – I miss my church family, I miss the corporate worship and most of all I miss hearing the sermons my pastor shares.  Although I am sure I am a little prejudiced because my pastor is my daughter, she is one of the best speakers I have ever heard and I always seem to find something to encourage me or challenge me when she speaks.

My husband and I did our own devotions.  As I thumbed through my Bible afterwards I came across this beautiful old song.  It reminded me that whether I am in church or at home,  whether I am in pain or not, whether my spirit soars or descends – there is so much beauty around me.

So I choose to remember all the goodness of the Lord and reflect on these words:

For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the skies.  For the love which from our birth over and around us lies. 

Lord of all to thee we raise, this our joyful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of the hour, of the day and of the night.  Hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light.

Lord to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child.  Friends on earth and friends above.

Lord to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine to our race so freely given.  Graces human and divine, flowers of earth and buds of heaven.
Lord to thee we raise this our joyful hymn of praise.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: JOHN RUTTER
For the Beauty of the Earth lyrics © WORD MUSIC, INC., HINSHAW MUSIC, INC., HINSHAW MUSIC INC (CHRISMON MUSIC DIVISION), OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS UK

12 thoughts on “For All the Beauty All Around Me

  1. Hi Barbara, I’m so sorry you are in pain. It must be really bad to keep you from going to church today! I love the song you shared and I hope all of God’s gifts to us help you cope and thrive even in the pain. I am praying for you. Blessings to you and your precious family, annie 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful hymn. I am super sick today and was having a pity party. That hymn lifted me right out of my funk and looked out my window and it is snowing again and beautiful. The pretty birds are eating at the feeder. How can I be sad.
    So sorry you are in pain. I prayed for God to take away your pain to let you dance his praises or at least let you rest.
    Thank you for you blog! I enjoy it and love the encouragement and words of wisdom.💕💕💕

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  3. I am fairly sure you are biased in the favour of your pastor 😂😂😂 but then a whole congregation cannot be wrong.
    To have raised someone who turns out how they should be is a great reflection on your part,
    May you find comfort and wishing you a peace and good health

    ~B

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