Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Awesome Wonder

Me: (as Riley walks into the living room and the local news is on TV) Riley, let's change the channel to a kiddo show. My shows are boring.
R: Mommy, are you boring?
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This week as so many people in Japan are suffering from the destruction of the earthquakes and tsunami, I'm reminded of a hymn that I remember singing quite a bit as a child and one that I'm sure most are familiar with.

But instead of the words "great" meaning "wonderful" or "sings my soul" meaning "singing with joy," I'm remembering that sometimes we must be brought to our knees by the GREAT (meaning "massive") power of God and the fact that sometimes songs can be songs of grief and sadness. But my song also includes many verses of gratitude that there is a God who is loving, knows our suffering ... and comforts us if we ask.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands hath made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art! 

I don't love this video but I do love this version of the song from Selah (thanks Mom for sharing your CD with me):