Wednesday, April 30, 2008

How Can I Keep From Singing?

Cypress Tree branch

“I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” Psalm 146:2

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?
What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?
I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?

-Robert Lowry, 1860

more for the 1000 Gifts List:
82. email from a teen across the ocean
83. husband sharing tender, hidden thoughts
84. teaching materials to sort through for the journey
85. books to create a library far away

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