“The world is shot through with God’s goodness and grandeur, beauty, and love. Notice it, call attention to it, bring it to places where it is missing.” (Mary Stommes, Give Us This Day)
Each year I create a calendar with my favorite images of the previous year. In the last couple years, I have attached one of my favorite quotations of the previous year to each photograph. This is the calendar page for July 2017.
I am now completing two years of writing this blog, wondering if it’s time to bring it to a close. The purpose for which I began this writing seems to have shifted or is no longer clear to me. I find that most weeks I don’t have anything “inspiring” to say. I know that many of you are reading my posts, but I know of only one reader who would truly miss my blog.
And then, I turned the calendar page yesterday and found the quotation by Mary Stommes. This is a clear purpose for “Reflections from My Lanai”. With my photographs and writing I want to: 1) call attention to God’s goodness, grandeur, beauty, and love; and 2) bring God’s love to places where it is missing. And so, with thanks for Mary Stomme, I am committing to this blog for another year.
As we prepare for the celebration of our nation’s independence, I would like to share with you my favorite patriotic hymn: “This is My Song”.
This is My Song is a 1934 hymn written by Lloyd Stone (1912-1993) using the Finlandia Hymn melody composed by Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). It often appears in hymnals with substituted and additional verses by various composers, including Georgia Harkness (1891-1974). It is sometimes called A Song of Peace, which is taken from the second line of the song.
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 sacred shrine.
But other hearts in other lands 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, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.
For an uplifting and inspirational performance of This Is My Song, go to
Happy 4th of July!