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Sing to the Lord - "For the Beauty of the Earth"

April 27, 2016
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St. Augustine told us, “He who sings, pray twice.”
I love music. I believe that music is sound reaching out to truth and prayer in song is music reaching out to love.
“For the Beauty of the Earth” is one of the hymns I really like. The lyrics are written by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint and the content is related to the psalm. The version I have listened to is written by John Rutter. This hymn is praising the creation of God.
In 2015, Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si” in which he called on people to “care for our common home.” He reminds us of how beautiful of all the things in the world are and we have to treasure and share those natural resources with others.
Today, try to put down your electronic devices, open your window or go outside, close your eyes, breathe deeply, feel the wind blowing, listen to the birds singing...then open your eyes to look at the trees, the grass, the sky, the people. These are signs of the unconditional love from God. Let us sing praise to our lord by singing this hymn. Amen!
For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise.
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:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise.
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise.
For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given,
Graces human and divine,
Flowers of earth and buds of heav'n.
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of praise.

RodneyFinal
Rodney Leung is a Chinese producer for Salt + Light. Follow him on Twitter!
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