Sunday, October 22, 2006

Music as prayer...

I had a key chain that I have since lost.. that said "Music speaks where words fail". Sometimes this is the mood or notes, and other times it is like poetry... saying that which one cannot often put into words. This is now my third year in my church choir. It has been a blessing to me in more ways than I can count. I often find myself singing practiced songs throughout the week. This is the song from this morning... it is one that I know by heart. It helped me through rough times last year and continues to do in different ways...

Do Not I Love Thee O My Lord?
Do not I love thee, O my Lord?
Behold my heart and see,
And turn each cursed idol out that dares to rival you.
Do not I love thee from my soul? Then let me nothing love.
Dead be my heart to every joy, when Jesus cannot move.

Within the darkness of this heart,
other gods would vie for my affections,
but thou art exalted, thou art exalted far above all gods.
Let nothing keep me from thy love.

Thou knowst I love thee, dearest Lord.
But, O, I long to soar far from the sphere of mortals joys,
And learn to love thee more.

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