Sunday, 8 April 2012

Beauty Of The Earth. Live Life~Love Life WK 15

Today is Easter Sunday, a good opportunity to count our blessings and give thanks & praise for all the gifts we have received. This morning we visited Richmond Park, a beautiful place where the deer roam free. Families were out enjoying the weather, walking and cycling through the park which includes the Isabella Plantation and other special areas. It is an amazing place and features a grassy dome which used to be an old burial site but is now equipped with a telescope enabling people to see Saint Pauls Cathedral which is miles away!!

It was truly glorious and I found myself thinking about all the beautiful things in the world that we are able to enjoy for free. This hymn written by John Rutter jumped to mind and actually says everything there is to say!. In all those years of singing this hymn I have never truly appreciated the skilful way in which it captures the joy of life until now. I have put the refrain at the end instead of attaching it to every verse! It is good to read through it and spend a second appreciating the joy of life. Live Life~Love Life!!

For The Beauty Of The Earth

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light,

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
Pleasures pure and undefiled,

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,

For thy Church which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love,

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our grateful hymn of praise

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