Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Spring

After our hard (for Victoria) winter, the sunshine this week has been a welcome relief. Hard to stay gloomy when the flowers bloom, the birds sing and the air is soft upon your face.  No wonder  hymn books are filled with hymns that praise God for the weather!
Here's a quick sample:
Birds are singing, woods are ringing... 
As Comes the Breath of Spring
When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries ...
Walk softly in springtime ...
In the bulb there is a flower . . .

Now, here's a challenge for you. Below are lines from hymns about nature, but not the first lines. Can you identify which hymn the lyric is from?  Most of them are very familiar. Looking it up on Google is cheating. If you feel like a winner, leave a comment in the comments section. Come back next week for the answers.
Here are the test questions. :-)

  1. "...each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings . . ."
  2. "...hill and vale and tree and flower, sun and moon and stars of light..."
  3. ... the birds their carols raise, the morning light the lily white . .."
  4. "...our prairies and our mountains, Forest and fertile field, Our rivers, lakes and fountains To Thee shall tribute yield."
  5. "...For the ploughing, sowing, reaping, Silent growth while men are sleeping..."
  6. "...Like the first dewfall on the first grass. Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden..."
  7. "...Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea. Chanting bird and flowing fountain..."
  8. "Frail as summer's flower we flourish, Blows the wind and it is gone..."
  9. "Fair are the meadows, Fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the verdant garb of spring..."
  10. "Like Thy dancing waves in sunlight, Make me glad and free, Like the straightness of the pine trees, Let me upright be."

In Romans 1:20, the Apostle Paul proclaims that creation itself reveals God, even to the heathen. How much more does He reveal Himself to the believer? Enjoy the flowers and give God the glory.

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 

Romans 1:20 English Standard Version (ESV)


  1. 1)Allthings bright and beautiful
    2)For the beauty of the earth
    3)This is my Father's world
    4) you got me (a harvest hymn)
    5)All through the night
    6) Morning has broken
    8)Praise my soul, the Kimg of heaven
    9)Fairest Lord Jesus
    10) God who touches earth with beauty.

    1. Correction
      5) the tune is written to, "All through the night", Hymn words are "For the Fruit of His Creation"

  2. I had to look up #4 but I have it now but not one we sing very often.!!