15.February.2015, #283

I'm not really advocating for any of these videos, but it's a pretty bleak landscape out there, both with regard to quality of video and quality of performance.  But I did get a kick out of the Leaning On the Everlasting Arms clips, with all those happy old fogies.  They sure look pleased to be there.

Anyway, the subject of today was prayer, and specifically on having faith that God is reliable.  So we mashed those three together at a good clip, and it worked pretty well - especially with our friend Poon playing upright bass.  Then we closed with this prayer:

O Father of lights, with whom there is no variation nor shadow of turning, who abidest steadfast as the stars of heaven: give us grace to rest upon thy eternal changelessness, and in thy faithfulness find peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
— G.W. Briggs (English hymn writer, 1875-1959)

Later we did a version of Be Thou My Vision but with different lyrics.  I went internet-poking for something in the same meter ( and found this hymn called Lead Us, O Father, In the Paths of Peace.  It works along the familiar melody, but some of the phrases are pretty awkward.  We did it anyway and it seemed to go over fine.  So now I'm pretty eager to get back to this website - http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/ - to mess with more obscure lyrics in commonplace melodies & meters.  Here are the lyrics, I think they're worth contemplating a time or two.

Lead us, O Father, in the paths of peace
Without thy guiding hand we go astray
And doubts appall, and sorrows still increase
Lead us through Christ, the true and living Way

Lead us, O Father, in the paths of truth
Unhelped by thee, in error’s maze we grope
While passion strains, and folly dims our youth
And age comes on, uncheered by faith and hope

Lead us, O Father, in the paths of right
Blindly we stumble when we walk alone
Involved in shadows of a darksome night
Only with thee we journey safely on

Lead us, O Father, through trial and test
However rough and steep the pathway be
Through joy or sorrow, as thou deemest best
Until our lives are perfected in thee
— William Henry Burleigh (1812-1871)
Posted on February 25, 2015 .