family vacation & our next hymn

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It’s hard to believe a couple of weeks have already passed since my sister Taryn got married.  Now they’re off roaming the country and I’m finally getting to my pictures from that weekend.  I uploaded them all on facebook – I think if you click this link you’ll get to them.

We headed to Silver Bay on Wednesday and got to spend a few days exploring the area before all the wedding fun began.  On Thursday, Ben took us to some of his favorite hiking spots and waterfalls.  The scenery was beautiful; I’m ashamed to admit had no idea such a place existed in Minnesota.  Hadley was a trooper and hiked most of the time, while Adrienne flopped around in a baby carrier.  On Friday, we got to head out just as a family and found more places to explore.  Hadley loved the idea of being explorers. 🙂

As we took in all the beauty that surrounded us, we marveled at how big God is.  We prayed the time outdoors would inspire awe and worship and point us to our incredible God.  Before heading on our trip and knowing the time we would spend in creation, we chose “This is My Father’s World” as our next hymn to learn.  We had a sweet moment of standing in front of this waterfall:

and singing what we knew of the song together.  I’ll admit it sounds cheesy and anyone who might have come on the trail behind us might have been confused 🙂 but it was really sweet.  There we stood before the wonder of the God who created all things.  How could we not worship?

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever.”  (Romans 11:36)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  (Colossians 1:15-17)

Hymn #4: This is My Father’s World
Malt­bie D. Bab­cock

This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

(I edited this to just the two verses we decided to learn.  It was a bit long and we were ready to move on. :))