Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hymn Sing Blog Link-Up

Kristi at Extraordinary Moments In An Ordinary Life has had a wonderful idea, a Hymn Sing Link-Up.

I love music. I love how music makes words more powerful, more meaningful, and more memorable. I have many favorite hymns. They come to my mind when I need comfort and guidance. When I first read about this link-up one hymn came immediately to my mind, Come Come Ye Saints. I debated whether to choose it since Kristi is not LDS and this hymn definitely is! I considered the words for a few minutes and decided it would be acceptable to share for a number of reasons.

First, This is the hymn that has gotten me through the rough times of military life. It is a hymn about courage and faithfulness in the face of adversity.

Second, although this is written with obvious reference to the pioneers who crossed the plains in search of religious freedom, it's message can be applied to anyone.

Let me explain further. Verses one and two remind me that this life is short and that God is in control. He knows what he is doing, he knows what he wants me to become. If I have faith in him all will be "well" in the end.
2 Kings 6:16 and John 16:33 come to mind for me.

Verse three is more about the Mormon Pioneer's quest for a peaceful place to worship yet it also has a broader meaning. We all are seeking that place of rest with God both in mortality and in the life to come.

Verse four reminds me again that the trials of life are really small in the eternal scheme of things. And what really matters is that my heart is right with God. (Revelations 14:13)

So, basically this is about the hope to oversome all my trials through faith in Christ. It is a call for all to accept Christ and enjoy the peace he offers each of us.

Come Come Ye Saints by Willima Clayton

1. Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear;

But with joy wend your way.

Though hard to you this journey may appear,

Grace shall be as your day.

’Tis better far for us to strive

Our useless cares from us to drive;

Do this, and joy your hearts will swell—

All is well! All is well!

2. Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?

’Tis not so; all is right.

Why should we think to earn a great reward

If we now shun the fight?

Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.

Our God will never us forsake;

And soon we’ll have this tale to tell—

All is well! All is well!

3. We’ll find the place which God for us prepared,

Far away in the West,

Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;

There the Saints will be blessed.

We’ll make the air with music ring,

Shout praises to our God and King;

Above the rest these words we’ll tell—

All is well! All is well!

4. And should we die before our journey’s through,

Happy day! All is well!

We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;

With the just we shall dwell!

But if our lives are spared again

To see the Saints their rest obtain,

Oh, how we’ll make this chorus swell—

All is well! All is well!

For more about the history of this hymn go to this link.


Kristi said...

LOL! Hey I am all about the freedom of religion and free expression of ideas! I disagree with much of your theology, but that doesn't mean that I doubt your ability to worship God! I'm glad that you joined us! I can't persuade you of the truth if you stop talking to me! :) just kidding! ...sort of haha

Kayli Sue said...

Actually some other religions have added "Come Come Ye Saints" to their own hymnals! They have changed the words to better fit theory religion or make it less pioneer-y. I love this hymn. It's the one I sing when I just feel like the military life is too much or I can't do it anymore. I sing it A LOT! And I also sing "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus" a lot too. My kids have that one memorized because they hear it a lot!

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