“This Is My Song”

There has been a fair amount of chatter in the Twitterverse about patriotic songs in church.  We sang this this morning, and I really think it’s great because it allows my own patriotic feeling, and yet validates other people’s.

This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine.  This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other land are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.  O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.

This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms:  Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.  Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one.  O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations, myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

(This was printed in the bulletin without any attribution, or copyright attached, so I think I’m okay with quoting it.  If someone knows differently, please let me know.)

Sunday with Ian

We got up in time for church this morning (barely).  He was a great congregant today (he’s really grown up in the past couple of years), and fully participated in hymns, prayers, and communion.

For lunch we went to Beni Hana – because he loves to watch them throw eggs and knives and shrimp tails around!

That’s Al, styling the advertisement for Beni Hana!

This was our chef!  He did a great job of performing and cooking.

This was our fried rice becoming fried rice.

And here it is all ready to be parceled out for us to eat.

Ian tried to use chop sticks.

He decided for Yakisoba with Beef!

He LOVES slurping his noodles.

On the way out we stopped to look at the baby ducks and their mama.  (You can just barely see them right by the far bank to the left.

Mama got out to dry off and the babies couldn’t get up the bank!

So she jumped back in and they were much happier following her through the water.

Here they are next to the walk!

And here are the other four.  Six in all, if they don’t get eaten by the fish!