Saturday, 1 September 2012

Beauty in a dream

I had a lovely dream on Tuesday night (28th August 2012).

In that dream I was in a Church building which I recognised as the Trinity United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA, the home Church of my friends Susan and Lisa.

(I had visited this Church at the beginning of July 2012.)

As the dream proceeded it became clear to me that I was witnessing some sort of a pageant.

Two birds flew over the congregation – and in the dream I knew what those birds signified.  (Whatever the significance I could not remember it when I awoke!)

My dream caused me to look t’wards the back of the Church where I “saw” a Roman Catholic Priest. (Don’t ask how I knew that he was a Catholic Priest -  I/we simply know such things in dreams).

Then, in the dream, I “heard” the most wonderful and beautiful music. It was so exquisitely lovely that even in a dream I became teary eyed.

 (How wonderful it is that dreams can bring us to tears [or laughter]}

In my dream the choir was singing the hymn “Great is Thy faithfulness”.

It is a gorgeously simple hymn of faith which is sung by mainstream protestants and evangelicals alike. It reads thus:

"Great is Thy faithfulness," O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

"Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.


Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!


The video is from the BBC TV  programme “Songs of Praise”  -  watch and hear “Great is Thy faithfulness” being sung with great vigour.


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