Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Feel the Winds of God Today

This hymn has come to mind because of the death of an old friend. (His memorial concert is tonight.)  I love the words! They are quite invigorating to the soul.

I feel the winds of God today; today my sail I lift,
Though heavy, oft with drenching spray, and torn with many a rift;
If hope but light the water’s crest, and Christ my bark will use,
I’ll seek the seas at His behest, and brave another cruise.

It is the wind of God that dries my vain regretful tears,
Until with braver thoughts shall rise the purer, brighter years;
If cast on shores of selfish ease or pleasure I should be;
Lord, let me feel Thy freshening breeze, and I’ll put back to sea.

If ever I forget Thy love and how that love was shown,
Lift high the blood red flag above; it bears Thy Name alone.
Great Pilot of my onward way, Thou wilt not let me drift;
I feel the winds of God today, today my sail I lift.
(Words, Jesse Adams, 1906. Music, traditional English melody, In the public domain.)

Here's a link to the tune. It is reminiscent of a sea shanty.

In what ways are you feeling the winds of God today? In what ways do you need to?

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