Thursday, August 25, 2011
MY CHILD by Rhonda Thomas
Rhonda Thomas sent this to me when I could not locate a copy I once had.
Closely related to this poem is a hymn I came to love when I heard it at my sister-in-law's ordination as an Episcopal priest. Maybe this doesn't sound related to you, but the end of this beautiful hymn shows how I link the two in my mind.
I've been thinking it is a modern hymn. Perhaps the music of the version I like is more modern than the lyrics written by Isaac Watts.
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
My Shepherd will supply my need:
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed,
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy's sake,
In paths of truth and grace. 2. When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.
3. The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.
Listen and watch this inspiring hymn...