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A Hymn for Meditation

 For the Beauty of the Earth

For the beauty of the earth
For the beauty of the earth (Photo credit: Ben Bawden)

For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,

for the love which
from our birth
over and around us lies;
Christ, our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

 For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,

friends on earth
and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts
and mild.
Christ, our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

 For each perfect gift of thine,
peace on earth and joy in heaven.
For thyself, best gift divine,
to our world so freely given.

Christ, our God, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

                      Folliott S. Pierpoint

 Questions for thought and prayer:

  •  At the end of each verse, you sing the words “sacrifice of praise.” Do you think it is a sacrifice to give praise to God? If ”sacrifice” means to surrender something that you might really want to keep, what are you sacrificing when you praise God?
  • The hymnwriter speaks of humans being immersed in love from the moment of birth. What does he mean? Do you agree with him? Why, or why not?
  • The third verse offers praise for “peace on earth,” recalling the promise of the angels when Jesus was born. Is there peace on earth? Where? Who has peace? Can there be peace on earth when nations are at war?
  • Even if you don’t write poetry, what would you include in a fourth verse to this hymn?

© 2012 Katherine Harms

 

 

 

 

A Verse for Meditation

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.                                                                                                                 Psalm 92:1 

English: Scroll of the Psalms
English: Scroll of the Psalms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Questions for thought and prayer:

  • When was the last time you began to pray with praise or thanksgiving instead of a petition?Do you give thanks when you open a box of Kleenex? Do you remember that a beautiful tomato is God’s creative handiwork when you are shopping for groceries? Have you ever been sick enough that now you are grateful when you wake up painfree? 
  • The Bible says that God calls every star by its name. Do you feel small when you look at the night sky full of stars, or do you feel grateful that the Creator of this magnificence knows your name?
  • God is called by many names in the Bible. What names come to mind first when you think about praising and thanking God? How do the many names for God help you to give him praise and thanksgiving? Do you have trouble remembering to give thanks and praise, because you have so many requests? 
  • (Remember that in the liturgy we are reminded to do this when we worship in the congregation:
    Pastor – Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    Congregation – It is right to give God thanks and praise.) 

If time permits, read Psalm 92 in its entirety. It is a beautiful prayer of praise and thanksgiving that will inspire you to notice more things that are worthy of your praise and thanks.

© 2012 Katherine Harms