Monday, July 12, 2010

Brightly beams: Part 1

Photo taken off the freeway near St. George, Utah on July 12, 2010
"Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy"
Hymn No. 335
Brightly beams our Father's Mercy from His Lighthouse evermore
But to us he gives the keeping of the lights along the shore
Let the lower lights be burning: send a gleam across the wave.
Some poor fainting struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.
My oldest daughter gave the Family Night Lesson yesterday and had us sing this Hymn as the opening song. I wasn't very familiar with this song, but her lesson from The New Era had a story about being a "light" or a bright beam to others, and suggested to read/sing the words to this song. The song suggests that we are to be a "lower light" for others, however, for us to be a "light", we need to be constantly looking to the "brighter .. or upper light" that comes from our Father in Heaven. Driving home from our trip this past week, we drove through a summer rainstorm. As the storm passed the sun broke through just before it set in the evening sky. Despite the not wanting to stop on the freeway to take a picture... the sun rays/beams where too beautiful to not capture these brightly beams from above.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminiscence about Philip Bliss's gospel song, "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning." There is a dramatic true story behind the writing of it. You can read it on my daily hymn blog, Wordwise Hymns, today.

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