Of course there is always a war, and of course there is no war. Our thoughts and prayers are with so many people, particularly our colleagues at Parkland and Baylor Scott & White. Regional Director Wayne Menking shared the following hymn with the Southwest Region:
Like most of you I'm sure, I have been searching for words to give voice to the prayer/lament that I have been feeling of late in the midst of all the exclusionary hate, divisiveness and fear that seems to be among us. I am not one given to "nationalistic hymns," and so I shuddered a bit when I saw that the final hymn we were going to sing in church this morning was under the heading, "National Songs." Yet by the end of the hymn, I could not sing as the words touched deeply. I share it with you; perhaps it will have meaning for you as well.
This is My Song
Text by Lloyd Stone; Sung to the tune of Finlandia by John Sibelius
This is my song O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country's skies are bluer than the oceans,
and sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight to, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
So hear my song O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.
This is my prayer, O God of all earth's kingdoms,
your kingdom come; on earth your will be done.
O God be lifted up till all shall serve you,
and hearts united learn to live as one.
So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations;
myself I give you; let your will be done.