This is My Father’s World

Purple Prairie CloverPart of our annual Family Camping Trip is a worship service that we hold outside. The entire family sits around on lawn chairs and blankets as we sing and share and pray.

Every year we sing one of my favorite songs, This is My Father’s World.

It’s especially meaningful when we sing it outside as the grass and leaves are rustling and the birds are singing.

This is my Father’s world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
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.

This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.
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 is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Did you see that third verse? Doesn’t the wrong seem oh so strong today? Remember that God is the ruler yet!

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