This Week’s Unadorned Trumpet Hymn
Here’s another beautiful hymn from the 19th century. This one is a bit unique compared to a lot of the other hymns. It has some very interesting chromatic harmonies. You don’t hear the full extent of these chromatics in this video because I am only playing two parts on my trumpet, but you get a nice taste of it.
An alternative name of the hymn is “Rest”. It was composed originally in 1887 by Frederick C. Maker.
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
This hymn was written by John G. Whittier in 1872.
Here’s the full text of the hymn:
- Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper rev’rence, praise.
- O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
- Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
- Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small Voice of calm.
- In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word,
Rise up and follow Thee.
My favorite is verse three. “Drop They still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace.”
The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me a lot lately about “striving“. As a child of the King, a child of the Father of mankind, I am not to strive.
What is striving then? I actually asked Him in prayer.
And He answered me… Striving is when your heart and mind are not HERE. When I do my work, I am to do THIS work that is here in front of me and not worry myself with the work that lays ahead. Focus on what I am doing, not on what I am not doing.
Interesting that a hymn written over 100 years ago can so clearly say what needs to be said. When I stop striving and focus on what needs to be done now, my anxiety levels go down. Just as the hymn says, “take from our souls the strain and stress”.
We can live stress free when we live the way God wants us to live; trusting in Him, resting in Him, relying on Him to provide.