Sunday, December 02, 2012

Advent Sunday 1 - Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Hymn - May the Mind of Christ my Saviour

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.
May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.
May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.
May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Making a Contribution

I've been hearing an interesting turn of phrase lately from some of the young moms I know. In my paraphrase, they have said, "I'd like to make some money so I can feel like I'm making a contribution to the family income."

I was thinking about this concept of "making a contribution" more this morning. While I certainly don't think it's wrong for a wife to work part-time or casually when her family is young, I do think there's a subtle influence by the world that maybe we should check on. I have taught piano and done a few odd jobs over our 23 years of marriage. Not every year but occasionally and we certainly appreciated the extra income. But I think maybe we should shift our thinking just a little and realize some truths that tend to get overlooked.

Here are some examples:

* When you are careful when you are grocery shopping and stay within your budget, you are making a contribution.
* You make a contribution when you give gifts that are within your means.
* You are contributing to the household income when you cheerfully accept hand-me-downs from friends or family and are thankful for God's provision.
* When friends have a bigger income, bigger house, more toys and a bigger budget for special occasions, you are making a contribution when you rejoice with them and push envy and discontent away.
* When a friend wants to go for dinner and you've already used up your budget for the month, you make a contribution when you cheerfully suggest that they come over to your house instead, even if it's just for scrambled eggs and toast.
* When you provide a meal every night for your family to sit down to, you are making a contribution.
* When you refuse to complain to your husband about his wages and instead cheerfully thank him for his hard work, you are making a contribution.
* When you have the opportunity to go on holidays with your family and you are grateful for the opportunity, you are making a contribution.
* When your child asks for a special treat at the grocery store that you can't afford,  and you cheerfully say no but promise that you'll find something to do or eat at home, you are making a contribution.
* When you manage your household finances in such a way that your family can give generously to a missionary or church project, you are making a contribution.
* When you are wise in how you spend your funds on your clothing and your children's and refuse to get caught up with the "latest and greatest" fad or name brand, you are making a contribution.
* When you save up to give your children a special experience or treat, you are making a contribution.
* When you plan ahead and bring snacks with you instead of buying a snack or lunch when you are shopping, you are making a contribution.
* When you give up the little things that used to make you so happy, like a specialty coffee drink every day, you are making a contribution.
* When you are happy to stay home for "date night" and drink tea with your husband, you are making a contribution.
\* When you take your kids to the library and teach them the joy of sharing books with others, you are making a contribution.
* When you do some research on the best way to run your home, to save on energy costs, to keep your household clean and tidy, you are making a contribution.

I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea. "Making a contribution" looks different in every family but wives, realize that one of the best ways you can do that is to spend (or not spend) your family money wisely. Your care of the household budget is one of the biggest ways by which you can bless your husband and your family.

And if you do have a part-time job or an occasional money-making day, praise God for it. And decide with your husband how it will be spent - whether to contribute to the family income that month, pay down a debt or even to put toward a class you want to take or a hobby you enjoy doing. Just recognize that you "make a contribution" each and every day by your joyful service of your husband and your family.

I'd love to hear other ideas in the comments about how you can "make a contribution"!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Hymn - I Sing the Mighty Power of God

I sing the mighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey.

I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.

There’s not a plant or flower below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there.

A choral version:

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sunday Hymn - I Know Whom I have Believed

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
But I know whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.
I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.
I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.
I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.
I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

Thoughts on Grieving

A while ago, my husband and I met with another couple who also lost a daughter around the same time as Emily died. I've been thinking about grief  more and the grieving process. The Lord has so graciously brought us through the last almost 4 years.

I've been thinking about what it was like to go through the process and what was helpful to my soul. I guess the question is - what would I recommend to someone who is grieving, no matter what stage they are at?

Before I list some thoughts, I should also say that everyone grieves differently and you may find that some of these items don't apply to your situation. However, I also think it's important to read different opinions and prayerfully consider what God may be telling you.

Here are some thoughts.

1. Spend time in God's word every day.

I had been in the habit of reading and praying in the mornings before Emily's death. After her death, it was so important for me to continue this. Usually it was the only time that I was completely alone. I could read and pray and cry. It forced me to see what God said in His Word and gave me time to express how I was feeling to Him. I also read several books through this process. Sometimes I'd only get through a few pages before I couldn't read any more but other books I read helped me to face up to what I really believed. See #5 for more details.

2. Listen to music that can express what my mouth cannot.

Music was such an important part of our grieving process. I remember standing in church while the congregation sang Blessed Be Your Name and other songs like it and saying to my husband that I was singing on the inside but I couldn't sing on the outside. We listened to Come Weary Saints and The Valley of Vision many times. Our girls had those two albums playing every night when they went to bed, particularly in the first 2 months when we were dealing with such fear about who the perpetrator was. Even now, our girls turn to those albums when they need extra comfort. Hymns were also important because of the truths they express both about our life in Christ and about our future hope. Have you ever noticed how often the 4th verse of a hymn points our attention to heaven?

3. Exercise

For me, exercise was very important. Walking, going to the gym, running with friends - all got me out of the house and moving. By the time I got home, I was ready to tackle the day.

4. Grieve as you need to. Cry when you need to.

Everyone grieves differently and at a different pace. I found that after the first few months had passed, I wasn't crying as much or as often. But every once in a while, I needed a good cry. Sometimes a drive alone gave me time to listen to music, pray and weep as I needed to. Or a good walk - everyone finds what they need to find.

5. Read books that focus my attention on who God is. Feel free to argue with the books, to put them down when it is too overwhelming but pick them up again soon.

Spurgeon was so helpful during this time. I was given a copy of Beside Still Waters, a collection of daily readings that really challenged me and comforted me at the same time. Streams in the Desert  was also helpful. Suffering and the Sovereignty of God  was the most challenging book I read during the first 6 months but it was also helpful to make me think through what I really believe.

6. Ask God to heal your soul.

Terry & I were invited to go to the Sovereign Grace Leaders' Conference in April of 2009. We went out to Virginia with the family and then spent 3 days at the conference. I look back to a moment at that conference as a pivotal moment in our healing. There was a large congregation there but CJ Mahaney asked that if anyone needed prayer, they should put up their hands and a small group around them would pray for them. We are not people who normally would expose ourselves in that way but we did and a small group prayed for us. Although we didn't experience a bolt of lightning in feeling like we were healed, I look back on that experience as a time that I feel like we turned a corner in our grief and I firmly believe that God used that prayer time and indeed the whole conference as a significant part of our healing. Even being able to cry through each song without feeling like everyone was looking was important to me.

You may not go to a conference or have a specific experience to look to but part of our prayers should be to ask that God would heal our souls from the soul-numbing grief that can come. Everyone's time frame will be different but God will be faithful to heal you.

7. Do the next thing.

Elisabeth Elliot quotes this poem. I had read it before Emily's death and sometimes that was what I had to tell myself when I didn't know what to do next. It often wasn't in relation to big decisions but instead related more to the day-to-day steps.

Do The Next Thing
"At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, 'Do the next thing.'

Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus, do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe 'neath His wing,
leave all resultings, do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
Do the next thing."

8. Wrestle with God and His word.

When you read the Psalms, pray them. Pray that He would comfort you, give you faith, help you to understand who God is. When the Psalmist cries out to God, do it with him. But very few of the Psalms are pure laments - most come back in worship at the end. Let the Psalms express both your faith and your doubts.

Other passages about God's sovereignty are challenging. Think about them. Wrestle with them. Ask God to guard your heart against unbelief. Look at what He has done for you.

9. Begin to understand that faith is active, not passive.

This was a huge step for me. I think I had always thought of faith as being more passive - it's just something that happens. However, what I learned through this time is that faith has to be active. Sometimes I had to hold on tight to the little faith I had. Sometimes I had to pray for faith. Sometimes I had lots of faith but I still needed to actively express it. At first, music and books could express it for me but I still had to grasp on to it and affirm what I really believed. Sometimes it felt like a fight to get to that point but it was worth it. I knew God was holding tight to me the whole time but part of my job was to "work out my salvation in fear and trembling".

10. Find a few safe people to talk to when you feel like you need it.

Don't feel that you have to answer everyone's questions in a detailed way. Some things are none of their business. Do what feels right to you on that day. There are times when it's easier to talk about how we are feeling and there are times when it's not possible. Sometimes we need to push through our emotions and talk about what we are feeling but sometimes it's better for us to not to, especially to particular people. Giving yourself the freedom to not talk to everyone who wants to talk to you is important. I'm not talking about being rude but simply about keeping your soul open and available only to the people you feel safe with. This partly depends on personality but I'm sure even the most extroverted extrovert feels sometimes that he can't possibly talk to another person about a particular subject.

11. Don't dwell on the "what-ifs".

I was thinking more about this and realize how important it is. No matter what the circumstances of a death, whether it is sudden or not, we can all torture ourselves with the "what-ifs". What if I had done this or not done this? Or our minds can keep going back to to particular pictures in our minds.

We found that we couldn't let ourselves go there. Both my husband and I have had to work really hard at not letting ourselves dwell on the circumstances of Emily's death. Even now, I have to make my mind turn away from certain thoughts or images. If I let myself dwell on those thoughts, I  will quickly descend into despair.

Ultimately, this is rooted in my understanding of God's sovereignty. If I continually question His sovereignty through my doubts in expressing "what-ifs", I am doubting His sovereignty. This is not an easy thing to work through but ultimately, it's the only way to handle the "what-ifs".

12. There's a difference between "stuffing" and "submission".

Recently, I was talking to some friends about the marriage relationship and we talked about the difference between stuffing our feelings down and submitting our feelings to God and to our spouse. Stuffing our feelings down generally leads to problems later on because we haven't dealt with the core issue. On the other hand, submission to our Heavenly Father and to each other may look on the outside like we are ignoring the issue but in reality, we have submitted it to His holy will and we are waiting, sometimes more quietly than others, for His wisdom and guidance.

I think dealing with grief is a lot like that. It doesn't help to just stuff it away and hope for the best. But what is helpful is to submit our grief and our loss to God, to cry out to Him when we need to, and to rest in His promises and His grace.


Grief is hard work. You will go through stages of grief (not necessarily the Kubler-Ross stages) where sometimes it will be sudden and raw, even years later, but sometimes, maybe most of the time, it will just be in the background. Personally, I think I found the first year hardest but I've talked to others that found the second year the hardest. I know I usually did better when I could prepare for an upcoming event; it was the surprise grief that took me off-guard and hit me the hardest. But God is so gracious and has brought us through. I pray that those reading who have experienced painful circumstances and times of grieving will also be able to point to God's healing hand upon their lives.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Sunday Hymn - Now Why This Fear

This has been in my head this morning, especially the chorus.

Now why this fear and unbelief?
Has not the Father put to grief
His spotless Son for us?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Now canceled at the cross?

Jesus, all my trust is in Your blood
Jesus, You’ve rescued us
Through Your great love

Complete atonement You have made
And by Your death have fully paid
The debt Your people owed
No wrath remains for us to face
We’re sheltered by Your saving grace
And sprinkled with Your blood

How sweet the sound of saving grace
How sweet the sound of saving grace
Christ died for me

Be still my soul and know this peace
The merits of your great high priest
Have bought your liberty
Rely then on His precious blood
Don’t fear your banishment from God
Since Jesus sets you free

© 2011 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Hymn - Holy God We Praise Thy Name

Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.

Lo! the apostolic train
Join the sacred Name to hallow;
Prophets swell the loud refrain,
And the white robed martyrs follow;
And from morn to set of sun,
Through the Church the song goes on.

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.

Thou art King of glory, Christ:
Son of God, yet born of Mary;
For us sinners sacrificed,
And to death a tributary:
First to break the bars of death,
Thou has opened Heaven to faith.

From Thy high celestial home,
Judge of all, again returning,
We believe that Thou shalt come
In the dreaded doomsday morning;
When Thy voice shall shake the earth,
And the startled dead come forth.

Therefore do we pray Thee, Lord:
Help Thy servants whom, redeeming
By Thy precious blood out-poured,
Thou hast saved from Satan’s scheming.
Give to them eternal rest
In the glory of the blest.

Spare Thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded:
Keep us without sin today,
Never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee;
Never, Lord, abandon me.

The verses in italics are the ones I know from the hymnal we use. I left the other ones because I think they have a lot to say too.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Sunday Hymn - Be Still My Soul

I've been thinking about grief this week so this hymn seemed appropriate.

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday Hymn - "Come, We that Love the Lord"

Come, we that love the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
Join in a song with sweet accord
And thus surround the throne,
And thus surround the throne.

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.

The sorrows of the mind
Be banished from the place;
Religion never was designed
Religion never was designed,
To make our pleasures less,
To make our pleasures less.


Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But favorites of the heavenly King,
But favorites of the heavenly King
May speak their joys abroad,
May speak their joys abroad.


There we shall see His face,
And never, never sin!
There, from the rivers of His grace,
There, from the rivers of His grace,
Drink endless pleasures in,
Drink endless pleasures in.


The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.


Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.


I was reminded of this hymn when I read a prayer from The Valley of Vision - "First Day Morning".

"Let us fix our minds on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." Heb. 12:1

"O Lord,
We commune with thee every day,
   but week days are worldly days,
   and secular concerns reduce heavenly impressions.
We bless thee therefore for the day sacred to our souls
   when we can wait upon thee and be refreshed;
We thank thee for the institutions of religion
   by use of which we draw near to thee and thou to us;
We rejoice in another Lord's Day
   when we call off our minds from the cares of the world
   and attend upon thee without distraction;
Let our retirement be devout,
   our conversation edifying,
   our reading pious,
   our hearing profitable,
     that our souls may be quickened and elevated.
We are going to the house of prayer,
   pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication;
We are going to the house of praise,
   awaken in us every grateful and cheerful emotion;
We are going to the house of instruction,
   give testimony to the Word preached,
   and glorify it in the hearts of all who hear;
   may it enlighten the ignorant,
       and awaken the careless, reclaim the wandering,
       establish the weak, comfort the feeble-minded,
       make ready a people for their Lord.

Be a sanctuary to all who cannot come,
Forget not those who never come,
And do thou bestow upon us
   benevolence towards our dependents,
   forgiveness towards our enemies,
   peaceableness towards our neighbours,
   openness towards our fellow-Christians.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sunday Hymn - Palm Sunday - Rejoice the Lord is King

Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Your Lord and King adore;
mortals, give thanks and sing,
and triumph evermore.
Lift up your heart,
lift up your voice; rejoice;
again I say, rejoice.

Jesus the Savior reigns,
the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains,
he took his seat above.
Lift up your heart,
lift up your voice; rejoice,
again I say, rejoice.

His kingdom cannot fail;
he rules o'er earth and heaven;
the keys of earth and hell
are to our Jesus given.
Lift up your heart,
lift up your voice; rejoice,
again I say, rejoice.

Rejoice in glorious hope!
Jesus the Judge shall come,
and take his servants up
to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear
th'archangel's voice; the trump of God
shall sound, rejoice!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunday Hymn - O Worship the King

O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

O measureless might! Ineffable love!
While angels delight to worship Thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.

When We Pray for Others

This came from Jean's blog.

"When we pray for others,

the Spirit of God works

in the unconscious domain

of their being that we know nothing about,

and the one we are praying for knows nothing about,

but after the passing of time,

the conscious life of the one prayed for

begins to show signs of unrest and disquiet.

We may have spoken until we are worn out,

but have never come anywhere near,

and we have given up in despair.

But if we have been praying,

we find on meeting them one day

that there is the beginning of a softening in an inquiry

and a desire to know something.

It is that kind of intercession

that does most damage to Satan's kingdom.

It is so slight, so feeble in its initial stages

that if reason is not wedded to the light of the Holy Spirit,

we will never obey it,

and yet it is that kind of intercession

that the New Testament places most emphasis on."

~~Oswald Chambers

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Hymn - I Will Sing of My Redeemer

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.


Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,
With His blood, He purchased me.
On the cross, He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.


I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant power I’ll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.


I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.


Monday, January 02, 2012

Letter to a Young Seminarian

I just came across this article and thought it was worth sharing. "What would you say to my husband if you were a young seminarian again?" I don't think it applies only to seminary students - all families should consider each of these points. He talks about pastoral ministry but again, it can be applied to every family's situation.

Next summer, our oldest will leave his teens and I'll have one teenager and one pre-teen in the family. It goes quickly. As we watch all the little ones at church, we realize just how quickly it goes. You will never regret spending more time with your children. I especially liked his point about discipline.

" discipline more with honey and not only the rod. I would seek to help them understand that obedience really is better and leads to greater blessings, more “treats,” if you will.``

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Sunday Hymn - Be Thou My Vision

On this first Sunday in January, this seems like an appropriate hymn to sing and meditate on.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.