Ties That Bind

During some recent sorting of family keepsakes I came across a Lutheran Hymnal.  This was a special one as my father, a Lutheran Minister used this hymnal to pick out hymns for Sunday worship.  Every time he used a hymn on a Sunday he wrote the date on that page in the hymnal.  So just paging through it shows what his favorite hymns were.

I enjoy playing hymns from this hymnal on the piano.  Tonight I was playing one of my Dad’s favorites – “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” text by John Fawcett 1740-1817, tune by Johann G. Nageli 1773-1836.

Ties that bind us to one another are needed more than ever in today’s world.  The third verse goes like this:  “We share our mutual woes, Our mutual burdens bear, And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear”

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The picture above is our congregation laying hands and sharing our mutual woes and joys.  The words of the hymn are meaningful, but hearing/singing that beautiful song really brings you peace.  It is amazing what music can do for people.

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