Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Thoughts

Let the Lower Lights Be Burning

Philip P. Bliss, pub.1871

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 struggling, fainting seaman
You may rescue, you may save.

Dark the night of sin has settled,
Loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.

Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

Luke 12:35 (New Living Translation)

“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning,"

1 Cowgurls said:

robert said...

Thanks for posting "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning." Do you know the dramatic story behind this hymn? If not, you can see it on my daily hymn blog, Wordwise Hymns, today.

And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” With the arrival of fall, we begin to think of the Christmas season up ahead. If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at mine, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)