Shared by Rich Johnson
While in grade school, I first learned this hymn in a vacation bible school held at a church in my neighborhood. Almost immediately, I found it joyful as well as a welcome reminder that God created the heavens and the earth.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought, Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas– His hand the wonders wrought.
God created everything! Even at that young age, the truth of this verse cheered.
This helped open the way for God’s grace to provide me with feelings of warmth and security.
It remained a favorite song as I grew up. I somewhat remember that “This is my Father’s World” was one of two songs that I requested my Uncle Larry to sing at our wedding reception.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair; In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.
This cheerful tune and words continued to accompany me on my life’s journey. For the last four and a half decades, I have been singing this song to myself whenever I cross-country ski in the Madison parks. At this latter time in my life, the last verse seems to convey a message I need to hear frequently.
This is my Father’s world: O let me ne’er forget; That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.
When skiing, on a sunny day with fresh snow, I feel the joy of being in his creation and this song pops into my mind. Through the years, this song has helped me to remember and reflect on all that God does for me.
As Christians, we are asked to worship joyfully. Singing this song and other favorite hymns helps promote a joyful attitude. Today, I more fully appreciate the Lutheran tradition of singing in our worship services.
This post is part of our Lenten devotional series “Songs of the Soul” – learn more at gslcwi.com/lent