This is My Father’s World

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“God is not dead nor doth he sleep”

This was my view at the table this morning. All set to start a new Bible Study (downloaded the workbook to my Kindle – technology is cool) with the fresh journal and pens Good Cop got me for Christmas. Can’t wait!

I’ve had two songs in my head, This is My Father’s World and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. They’re both favorites and I found myself humming lines from each, all mixed together.  God is not dead, and he is still the ruler. I love that thought.

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.” (Longfellow)

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one. (Babcock)

Merry Christmas, dears. God is the same today as he was in the beginning, even when wrong (miscarriages, the death of dreams, friends’ lives that ended too early) is winning over right. The story is not over yet. He shall be satisfied.

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