Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mother...


On the occasion of my Mother's 92nd birthday, I dedicate this hymn to her...

My God, I thank Thee, who hast made
The earth so bright,
So full of splendour and of joy,
Beauty and light,
So many glorious things are here,
Noble and right.

I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made
Joy to abound,
So many gentle thoughts and deeds
Circling us round,
That in the darkest spot of earth
Some love is found.

I thank Thee more that all our joy
Is touched with pain,
That shadows fall on brightest hours,
That thorns remain,
So that earth's bliss may be our guide
And not our chain.

For Thou, who knowest, Lord, how soon
Our weak heart clings,
Hast given us joys, tender and true,
Yet all with wings,
So that we see, gleaming on high,
Diviner things.

I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast kept
The best in store;
We have enough, yet not too much
To long for more,
A yearning for a deeper peace
Not known before.

I thank Thee, Lord, that here our souls,
Though amply blest,
Can never find, although they seek,
A perfect rest,
Nor ever shall, until they lean
On Jesus' breast.  Amen

by Adelaide Anne Proctor  1825-1864

With love and good wishes to you Mother...


  1. What lovely words for your Mother.

  2. Nice hymn, Ma. But the real question is, did you do that watercolor? Lovely. xo