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.


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