Saturday, June 28, 2008

This Is My Father's World

This Is My Father's World is one of my favourite Hymns. It was written by Maltbie D. Babcock in 1901. But, I didn't know that until this morning when I was visiting my friend, Judd Hansell's Facebook profile. I dug the quotation by Babcock include in Judd's page:

Back of the loaf is the snowy flour,
And back of the flour is the mill;
And back of the mill is the wheat, and the shower
And the sun, and the Father's will.
-- Maltbie D. Babcock

That motivated me to learn more about Babcock, which revealed his authorship of this great hymn. How cool is that?.

What is cool about This Is My Father's World?

I think that can be found in the first stanza:

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.

That says much. For example, I was out at North Glenmore Park (Calgary) last night going for a walk. the pathway overlooked a reservoir that collects much of the city's drinking water. this is fed by the Elbow River whose source is in the east face of the Rocky Mountains that are west of the city. There is a delta that fans out from the mouth of the Elbow, and much wildlife abounds. as you look from east to west a clear progression of habitat is visible; different wildlife and plant species are visible, and it is so organized; it is so created. I can sit on a bench looking at all of this and take "rest" (delight) that is is all my Father's world that is before me. He is sovereign. As it goes it reminds me of the hymn...well, maybe it didn't then, but it will from now on.


JAPB

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Going to Synod

Do you remember that famous Goodyear commercial with the bald-headed dude sitting on an airplane thinking he's going to Hawaii. Only he finds out the plane is bound for Winnipeg. He ends up saying that famous line, "Going to Winnipeg."

Well, I am going to Synod.


I was elected a delegate to the Christian Reformed Church Synod in Grand Rapids, MI back in November 2007. Synod is a "special council of church members" that meets annually to discuss issues of concern to the whole body. We have a number of issues we are looking , but I'll spare you the details because I want to keep this posting short.

This is my first, and I am excited to be going. I don't quite know what to expect. I would like to think I am informed as to the Agenda and other documents that have come my way from Calvin College (we quip its the New Jerusalem of North American Reformed). But I won't really know until I show up. I am praying that God makes good use of my ears, more so than my mouth. And when the time comes to speak that its not ditto this and ditto that.

Hopefully, we wrap up our agenda early so we can enjoy some of the sights of Grand Rapids and surrounding area.

Take care,

JAPB