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How Great Thou Art!

Written on September 30th, 2016

[caption id=”attachment_14073” align=”aligncenter” width=”960”]lake-louise-alberta Moraine Lake, Alberta.   Photo by Stephen Janssen[/caption]

Last week, over two hundred leaders in Christian education from across North America met at the biennial Christian School Canada conference in Banff.  We had the pleasure of listening to Andy Crouch (for some of us again) talk about vulnerability and power/authority.  I have many reflections about the week but I wanted to start with my profound gratefulness to God to have created such a beautiful place in Banff.  The cool mountain air, the snow one morning, the grandeur of the mountains and the sun peaking through the mists made me remember one of my favourite hymns…”How Great Thou Art”.

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Refrain:
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel he gentle breeze;

Refrain

And when I think that God his son not sparing,
Sent him to die - I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Refrain

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

This is a song that allows us to give praise to God when we see His beautiful creation, but it also is a song that allows us to connect to Christians both in the past and around the world.  It is a song that reminds us of that old, old story that we love to tell and of the humbleness and gratitude that we experience when we lean on our Saviour in the happy, joyful times and in the sad and broken times.

There are those in our community who have had beautiful, joyful times this past September and those in our community who have experienced sickness, sadness and grief…..and to all I hope that God continues to be near and present.  May his grace be sufficient for you today, tomorrow and in the future.