Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday On Vacation

We are not at home on this Lord's Day. We are on vacation at a Florida beach. As a result, we truly rested today.

We had a family church service here in the house where we are staying. Joel led us in music with his guitar. We then read and discussed a story from the Bible.

Afterward, it was a restful day of naps, leisurely bike rides, and a stroll on the beach at sunset.

At the end of the day, I read a friends blog and listened to this song. What a fitting song for a blessed day!

O Day of Rest and Gladness

O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness, most beautiful, most bright:
On Thee, the high and lowly, through ages joined in tune,
Sing holy, holy, holy, to the great God Triune.

On Thee, at the creation, the light first had its birth;
On Thee, for our salvation, Christ rose from depths of earth;
On Thee, our Lord, victorious, the Spirit sent from heaven,
And thus on Thee, most glorious, a triple light was given.

Thou art a port, protected from storms that round us rise;
A garden, intersected with streams of paradise;
Thou art a cooling fountain in life’s dry, dreary sand;
From thee, like Pisgah’s mountain, we view our promised land.

Thou art a holy ladder, where angels go and come;
Each Sunday finds us gladder, nearer to heaven, our home;
A day of sweet refection, thou art a day of love,
A day of resurrection from earth to things above.

Today on weary nations the heavenly manna falls;
To holy convocations the silver trumpet calls,
Where Gospel light is glowing with pure and radiant beams,
And living water flowing, with soul refreshing streams.

New graces ever gaining from this our day of rest,
We reach the rest remaining to spirits of the blessed.
To Holy Ghost be praises, to Father, and to Son;
The church her voice upraises to Thee, blessed Three in One.


Love Being a Nonny said...

Just READING this made me relax!! Have a sweet time together.

Mrs. Troop said...


Love Being a Nonny said...

are you STILL on vacation?

robert said...

Thanks for sharing your family Lord's Day with readers. And I appreciate seeing Christopher Wordsworth's hymn--not widely known in the circles in which I move. (And today is the 202nd anniversary of his birth.)

If you enjoy learning a bit about the background of our traditional hymns and gospel songs, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

Trust you found the vacation refreshing. God bless you and your family.

Nan said...

What a lovely day this looked like! Hey... was that my blog on which you saw that hymn? :^)