Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song (ELW 808, focus on verse 2)
1 Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey;
I’ll tell ev’rybody about you wherever I go:
you alone are our life and our peace and our love.
Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.
2 Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you.
May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.
Lord Jesus, I’ll praise you as long as I journey.
3 As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant,
to carry your cross and to share all your burdens and tears.
For you saved me by giving your body and blood.
As long as I live, Jesus, make me your servant.
4 I fear in the dark and the doubt of my journey;
but courage will come with the sound of your steps by my side.
And with all of the family you saved by your love,
we’ll sing to your dawn at the end of our journey.
Text: Les Petites Soeurs de Jésus and L’Arche Community; tr. Stephen Somerville, b. 1931
Text © 1987 Les Petites Soeurs de Jésus, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Tr. © 1970 Stephen Somerville, admin. Augsburg Fortress.
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We began this week with the moon. Its light is a reflection of the sun. When the moon is fully facing the sun it illuminates the darkness. The second verse of our hymn seems like a song of the moon. “May all of my joy be a faithful reflection of you. May the earth and the sea and the sky join my song.”
Here’s what I love about the light of the moon. Its brilliance is not reliant on the moon’s ability to produce energy. The only thing the moon has to do is face the sun.
Think about this. Stop and meditate on God’s unconditional and steadfast love for us demonstrated through the cross and resurrection of Jesus. Let that reality soak in. Let the light of God’s love wash over you.
Look, your joy is reflecting God. When others look at you, they can see the brilliance of God’s love for them illuminating the darkness.
God of Promise, words cannot contain the height, depth, breadth of your love for us. May our lives be a reflection of your love for everyone we meet this week. Amen.