It’s the first Monday of term. The first Monday of the new year. Husbandface has just gone back to work and I’m getting ready for the day ahead.
Here’s some beauty to invade our Monday morning. I’ve been singing this to the boy to help him sleep all week and love the simple calm it brings. I’m not so convinced about making lots of resolutions to start the year with but I do know that I want to join in the job of bringing order to chaos and I want to know the peace of God in the midst of the crazy whirlwind life of term. This version of the hymn below is sung by Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy and is a crazy pretty gentle way to lift the sails of our ship and head out into the sea.
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
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.
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.