Tonight, I tucked the children into bed, ours! Danny is out of town, and that provides us with an opportunity to settle in knowing the night ahead may be fraught with knees in the side, or an unannounced elbow here and there. Nevertheless, it mostly provided us with our usual night time singing and scripture and prayer. A favorite of my son's is when I sing from my heart to the Lord, or perhaps it's Him whispering a new song to me: a song of praise about what He's made, how He loves us, and the words simply and spontaneously go on and on. Tonight, to this very thing, both children fell fast asleep (I'm smiling as I remember!) As I close out the day I chose this hymn as my own quiet praise to the Lord.
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.
At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Lord Most High!