Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"The Lord of the Small"

As mentioned in my last post, I'm posting the lyrics to this song. The lyrics were beautifully written, but the piano that goes with it makes them even more beautiful. *Warning: Tissues may be needed!

The Lord of the Small

"Praise to the Lord of the small broken things,
Who sees the poor sparrow that cannot take wing.
Who loves the lame child and the wretch in the street,
Who comforts their sorrows and washes their feet.

Praise to the Lord of the faint and afraid
who girds them with courage and lends them His aid.
He pours out His spirit on vessels so weak,
that the timid can serve and the silent can speak.

Praise to the Lord of the frail and the ill
who heals their afflictions or carries them 'til,
they leave this tired frame and to paradise fly,
to never be sick and never to die.

Praise Him, O Praise Him, All ye who live,
who've been given so much and can so little give.
Our frail lisping praise, God will never despise.
He sees His dear children through mercy-filled eyes."

The third stanza gets to me. Every. Single. Time. Just can't get over it. It's the lyrics mixed with the soft piano music that's haunting. I've talked to two friends in choir, both who lost their mothers within the last year or so, and they feel the same way. We look at each other every time we rehearse this, and we all have tears streaming. I've already told them I will probably sit this one out. I may not even want to be in the congregation when this song is sung. I hate to miss choir, but it's not really something I want to subject myself to just yet.

On the same note, I have been asked by our choir director, Roger, to sing in a couple of small groups. Our church has just recently adopted brand-spanking-new hymnals, so he is wanting to use small groups to introduce some of the newer songs to the church. I didn't want to turn this down at all. I love singing! I am just hoping & praying that the schedule works out. He has our groups down to sing all throughout the next two months. I just don't want to be scheduled for Dad's birthday, April 10th. I'm sure it wouldn't really make a difference. I'm usually too nervous to think about anything else when I sing in a small group, but it's just the thought that intimidates me.

On a brighter note, however, youth choir is wonderful these days! The kids are just in really good moods lately, and their singing shows it! We're starting to rehearse songs for their Spring program, usually in May at the end of the school year. Miranda & I have so much fun with that group. It's helped me enjoy my Sundays so much lately, and I'm grateful to those sweet kids for that!

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week! We had a wonderful weekend. This Sunday was Jonathan's 22nd birthday (unbelievable!), so we headed to Birmingham on Saturday to celebrate. His favorite restaurant, just like mine, is Stix, so we over-filled ourselves there. I had some sushi, so I was a happy girl! We shopped a little, and even hit a store that Zach had discovered the last time we were there. It's called Encore Resale, a thrift store, and I loved it! I ended up finding a small table for a plant with nowhere to go that I had been looking for for a while. It was exactly what I wanted!

This Thursday is Mom's b-day, and we already have the night planned. We're headed to Gadsden as soon as we close at work, to shop and eat. Margaritas may also be somewhere in the mix! :)
Happy Birthday to Mom & Jonathan!!

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