Gilded Sky

Beautiful morning sky
A morning view from my back patio.

 

When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer
To Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

To Thee, my God above,
I cry with glowing love,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The fairest graces spring
In hearts that ever sing,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When sleep her balm denies,
My silent spirit sighs,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evil thoughts molest,
With this I shield my breast:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

The night becomes as day
When from the heart we say:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The pow’rs of darkness fear
When this sweet chant they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

In heav’n’s eternal bliss
The loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let earth, and sea, and sky
From depth to height reply,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this, while life is mine,
My song of love divine:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Sing this eternal song
Through all the ages long:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

The above words are from Timeless Truths Free Online Library.
Below, are different words from the Psalter Hymnal

When morning gilds the sky,
our hearts awaking cry:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
in all our work and prayer
we ask his loving care:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

To God, the Word on high,
the hosts of angels cry: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 
Let mortals too upraise 
their voices in hymns of praise: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 

Let earth’s wide circle round 
in joyful notes resound: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 
Let air and sea and sky 
from depth to height reply: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 

Be this, when day is past, 
of all our thoughts the last: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 
The night becomes as day 
when from the heart we say: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 

Then let us join to sing 
to Christ, our loving King: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 
Be this the eternal song 
through all the ages long: 
May Jesus Christ be praised! 

The author of this hymn is not known.

Is Your Burden Heavy?

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This song is a bit of an oldie. I ran across it while flipping through a hymn book looking for one to illustrate. I chose it because I know so many people who are going through rough situations right now.

It makes me think of the 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) — Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

My personal paraphrase for this verse is, “Give all your burdens to Jesus, because He is taking care of you.”

Here are all the words of the song by Ralph Carmichael:

Verse 1
Is your burden heavy
As you bear it all alone
Does the road you travel
Harbor danger yet unknown
Are you growing weary
In the struggle of it all
Jesus will help you
When on His name you call
Verse 2
Is the life you’re living
Filled with sorrow and despair
Does the future press you
With its worry and its care
Are you tired and friendless
Have you almost lost your way
Jesus will help you
Just come to Him today
Chorus
He is always there
Hearing ev’ry prayer
Faithful and true
Walking by our side
In His love we hide
All the day through
When you get discouraged
Just remember what to do
Reach out to Jesus
He’s reaching out to you

Turn on the Lights!

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Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!
The author if this bright song is Ina Duley Ogden. She was born in Rossville, IL in 1872, and died in Toledo, OH, May 18, 1964.
Ina Duley Ogden

Fill My Cup

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What a beautiful song is Fill My Cup, written by Richard Blanchard. Funny, I had thought it was written by the Gaithers. Sometimes it is good to look things up. Anyway, here are the lyrics:

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Chorus:

Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

I sure do want to be made whole.

 

(I merged two clipart drawings I found online, so this isn’t an original drawing. )

Peace in the Valley

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There will be peace in the valley for me some day, 
there will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray, 
there’ll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I’ll see, 
there will be peace in the valley for me. 

–Thomas Dorsey

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4