Sunday, March 29, 2009

I love hymns!!

I really, really love singing hymns. So when a local church advertised on their sign about a "Hymn Sing" tonight, I was all over it. I have always wondered about this church and thought, hey this is perfect. I would be able to see the church and sing hymns! Well...

Did you know that not all hymnals are the same?! What?! Oh dear, silly momma did it again. I flipped through the hymnal and maybe recognized a handful of songs. Oh no, I thought, this is NOT what I was expecting. I wanted to sing hymns I knew and grew up with. But I stayed and I am glad I did. It was fun and interesting learning new hymns from other denomination churches. I can't remember the names of any of the hymns we sang (and it was just an hour ago) but going, getting out of the house and singing songs for an hour really lightened up my heart! And made me strongly consider joining my church choir!

I haven't done it enough lately but I really enjoy playing hymns on the piano too. We recently bought a keyboard and Adam plays quite a bit because of the tutoring feature it has. I haven't played so much. But, I NEED TO. I just finished playing a few of my favorites and I can't explain the feeling I got but it was awesome! I miss it! I used to play the piano while my grandma sang along. And although I miss that SOOO much, I know she is singing from Heaven right along with me while I play.

So, yep. Along with writing, I think my new task is to play and sing more hymns on our keyboard. I'm only 28 but I already feel stubborn (oh geez) because for now I'm stuck. Stuck on the hymns I know and grew up with. Hopefully some day I'll be able to pick up a different hymnal but for now it's the trusty "blue" one...

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies:
Our grateful songs before your throne arise.

Some of my favorite hymns:

God of Our Fathers
I know that my Redeemer Lives
I'm but a Stranger Here
Hail Thee, Festival Day
At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing
Christ the Lord is Risen Today
We Praise You, O God
Sing to the Lord of Harvest
God Bless Our Native Land
Lift High the Cross
Earth and All Stars

1 comment:

robert said...

Appreciate your love of hymns--a passion that I share. And the sheer number of hymns can be daunting. I've been studying and writing about hymns and hymn history for decades, and there were one or two of your favourites that I didn't recognize.

The Guinness Book of World Records stated a few years back that something like a million hymns have been written since New Testament times. Even the Cyber Hymnal, at has posted over 7,700 of them. (Wow!)

Of course, we don't need to know them all to enjoy singing them (and reading them). And if you'll forgive me a blatant "commercial," I encourage you to check out my daily blog Wordwise Hymns. There I post things about hymn history that relate to each day of the year. God bless--and keep singing!