Saturday, February 23, 2008

God, Who stretched the Spangled Heavens

I learned a new hymn today. During the praise time at church the song leader shared a beautiful hymn with us. It's actually in our hymnal, but I don't ever remember singing it before. Sharon thought it was particularly appropriate for this week, considering the eclipse, the meteor, and the satellite...

God, who stretched the spangled heavens
Infinite in time and place,
Flung the suns in burning radiance
Through the silent fields of space:
We, Your children in Your likeness,
Share inventive powers with You;
Great Creator, still creating,
Show us what we yet may do.

We have ventured worlds undreamed of
Since the childhood of our race;
Known the exstacy of winging
Through untraveled realms of space,
Probed the secrets of the atom,
Yielding unimagined power,
Facing us with life's destruction
Or our most triumphant hour.

As each far horizon beckons,
May it challenge us anew:
Children of creative purpose,
Serving others, honoring You.
May our dreams prove rich with promise;
Each endeavor well begun;
Great Creator, give us guidance
Till our goals and Yours are one.

~Catherine Cameron (1927- )

Photos are from my walk around this afternoon. Not exactly spangled heavens, but the result of yesterday's heavenly sprinkling...


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JessicaLynn said...

Wow.. great photos!!

Jessica Lynn

mon@rch said...

This is very nice for sure! Thanks for sharing!

Ruth said...

Beautiful words. I have never heard that hymn either. Yes, the eclipse did make me feel insignificant in the splendor of the Creator's creation.

La Tea Dah said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the words to the hymn very much!!!