Tuesday, May 03, 2011

My new favorite hymn

I recently attended a homeschool conference up in the Seattle area. At the end of the conference we sang this hymn to the tune of "Be Still My Soul" (Finlandia). I wonder why I've never head this hymn before. It describes what so many Christian families have lost and must regain.

"A Christian Home"

O give us homes built firm upon the Saviour,
Where Christ is Head, and Counsellor and Guide;
Where ev'ry child is taught His love and favor
And gives his heart to Christ, the crucified:
How sweet to know that tho' his footsteps waver
His faithful Lord is walking by his side!

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him;
Whose tender patience turmoil never bothers,
Whose calm and courage trouble cannot dim;
A home where each finds joy in serving others,
And love still shines, tho' days be dark and grim.

O give us homes where Christ is Lord and Master,
The Bible read, the precious hymns still sung;
Where prayer comes first in peace or in disaster,
And praise is natural speech to ev'ry tongue;
Where mountains move before a faith that's vaster,
And Christ sufficient is for old and young.

O Lord, our God, our homes are Thine forever!
We trust to Thee their problems, toil, and care;
Their bonds of love no enemy can sever
If Thou art always Lord and Master there:
Be Thou the center of our least endeavor:
Be Thou our Guest, our hearts and homes to share.

4 comments:

M. R. Pursselley said...

That is beautiful. I wish every Christian family thought this way. I'm going to copy those lyrics and memorize them!

Lostariel said...

I'm giving this link to my mom. Maybe we'll get to sing it at church one of these days!!

Kyleigh said...

When we were in Houston, the family we stayed at taught this one to us. It's really beautiful, in melody and lyric... but "Be Still, My Soul" is still my favorite.

Lostariel said...

BTW, my mom used it for the Mother's Day singing. :)