Monday, December 17, 2007

Of birthdays and such…

1. I got a year older the other day…it was a pretty great day. Thanks to everyone who made me feel loved.

2. A few weeks ago at Community Group, we sang the hymn “The Love of God,” which ends with this verse:
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

I love the imagery in that verse—if the ocean was ink and the sky a scroll, we still run out of room to describe the love of God. Amazing love, indeed.

3. Homemade bread is fantastic. I think I will never ever buy store-bought bread again. (Well, I probably will, but I like to think I won’t.)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

By far, my favorite moment comes after communion, when Pete says “let’s stand and give thanks” and everyone sings the Doxology. I’m not sure if it’s the a capella voices, or knowing that we are just a few of the millions of people that have sung this over the years, or something else entirely different, but I find this short song to be the most beautiful, touching moment of my whole week. I love hearing the voices blend together—everyone from the four year olds to the forty year olds.
It is such a fitting response after communion. When we’ve celebrated Jesus giving His life for us, is not our response to be, “praise God from whom all blessings flow”?


Thea said...

I love homemade bread. I also love the doxology. I especially love hearing some of the kids in our congregation sing it because, oh my goodness, do they give it their all.

What a gorgeous moment.

Pete Williamson said...

happy birthday, Elizabeth...ditto the homemade bread (esp. rosemary bread, mmm...or gingerbread...or). I'm thankful that we've been blessed with so many good singers, young and old. I have the best seat in the house for the doxology.