148. How Great Thou Art

Through the woods, I hear the birds singing in the trees, see the brook and feel the breeze. How great Thou art!

For whatever reason, I don’t think the Catholic Church has used the song, How Great Thou Art, in music for the masses (pun intended).  I say that because when I woke up today the title line was humming through my head, and has continued to do so.  It sounds like this:  “How great Thou art, how great Thou art. Hum hum hum hum, hum hum hum hum hum hum, how great Thou art, how great Thou art.”  A pointed summary without supporting information.

Home Free – How Great Thou Art – Alvin e os Esquilos

I think of it as a funeral song.  It must be commonly chosen as such.  It isn’t very upbeat for the message of the lyrics.  If anyone wanted to use such a song at a wake party for me, they would need to sing it double time, and maybe use the Chipmunks’ lyrical style.  God is not a dirge.  God is the expression of all life.  

Oh.  I guess that does mean that God is a dirge, but so very much more, like the lyrics of the song.  Liberally and greatly synopsized from my google lyrics search:

In awesome wonder, I see the stars, I hear the thunder.

Through the woods, I hear the birds singing in the trees, see the brook and feel the breeze. 

How great Thou art!

Mix – How Great Thou Art – arr. Thomas Hazleton John Hong Organ Concert 20150620
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Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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