Sunday, December 22, 2013

Can a Farmer Write a Hymn?

I recently had the most amazing experience. Lisa and I took a class on the “Theology and Philosophy of Worship”.. It was an evening class that met for 5 weeks.

One of our assignments was to write a hymn. This was going to be impossible because I have little musical ability. Thankfully that was not required.  My hymn was about the parallels between the life of Joseph (in the Old Testament) as a foreshadowing of the coming of Jesus.  Andrea, my daughter, a music education and composition major said, “very cool, dad”. For a non-musical Dad that says it all.

So here is my hymn (a poem really, since there are no notes).

A diadem of colors, white, Israel's favorite son
Foresees majestic future, bright, from the Holy One.
Wicked jealous brothers, bent, no vision only cost
Betray the young redeemer, sent, a son of Israel lost
A sojourn in a country, far, of stripes and victories won
A faithful broken servant's, star, keeps listening as a son
Two men in dungeon dreary, three, have messages divine
For one the bread is broken, tree, one partakes the wine.
A holy humble servant, best, suffering but meek
A vision during kingly, rest, interpretations seek
A whisper from creator, of mystery, earthly kings
Lifts up a slave, of history, a world salvation brings
Israel's King triumphant, fight, His wisdom bless and save
Narrow path for lasting life, of light, from birth to grave
Brothers restored, Israel unite, to the Son of favor
The Father saved, The Spirit's might, through Jesus Christ our Savior.

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