Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Life is what we are alive to...

“Life is what we are alive to. It is not length but breadth....Be alive to...goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.”

This is a quote credited to Maltbie Davenport Babcock (photogaph) -1858 – 1901, a noted American clergyman and writer of the 19th century who authored the familiar hymn “This is My Father's World” among others. Originally this hymn was a poem which eventually was put to music, yet its wonderful words still ring true today and i am repropducing them below as they still have a wonderful ring to them today:

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:
     why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

The Last Word?

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