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Singing Through Tears

How many times have I sung this hymn, #318 - Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face?  Plenty of times I assure you.  I'm reasonably certain this hymn is a main staple at Grace Church.  I love these words from Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) and the music (Nyack) composed by Warren Swenson (b. 1937).  

         Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face;
         here would I touch and handle things unseen;
                              here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
                              and all my weariness upon thee lean.

                              Here would I feed upon the Bread of God,
                              here drink with thee the royal Wine of heaven;                 
                              here would I lay aside each earthly load,
                              here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

                              I have no help but thine; nor do I need
                              another arm save thine to lean upon;
                              it is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
                              my strength is in thy might, thy might alone.

                              Mine is the sin, but thine the righteousness:
                              mine is the guilt, but thine the cleansing
                              here is my robe, my refuge, and my peace;
                              thy Blood, thy righteousness, O Lord my God!

During tonight's choral Ash Wednesday Eucharist, as we sang this during Holy Communion, I felt a swell of emotion.  In fact, I started to cry.  The feeling caught me a bit off-guard.  Long have I admitted to being a 'Sap' or a "Sensitive New Age Guy", but this was something entirely different.  No pain.  No doubt.  No despair.  Only Joy.  Immense Joy.  Joy-filled after having been fed at the Lord's Table.  Called to become a better agent for the Lord.      

Singing through Tears is almost as special a feeling as Crying through Laughter.  Thank you, Lord. 


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Feb. 25th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)

This is John Berry. Looking through your blogs, I was moved to comment on this one. I had a very similar experience in singing this hymn at the Ash Wednesday service, but could not articulate my feelings as clearly as you. Yep, tears too, and the same feeling you express -- a call to become a better servant. Sadly, the feeling has diminished, but you bring it back into focus. Thanks. John
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