Sunday, November 7, 2010

I sing a Song of the Saints of God...

I sing a song of the saints of God,
Patient and brave and true,
Who toiled and fought and lived and died
For the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
And one was a shepherdess on the green:
They were all of them saints of God, and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.

They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
And his love made them strong;
And they followed the right for Jesus' sake,
The whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
And one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
And there's not any reason - no, not the least,
Why I shouldn't be one too.

They lived not only in ages past,
There are hundreds of thousands still.
The world is bright with the joyous saints
Who love to do Jesus' will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
In church, or in trains, or in shops or at tea,
For the saints of God are just folk like me,
And I mean to be one too.

Singing this song on All Saints Sunday always makes me smile.  It's a good Anglican song, full of nostalgia and hope, full of faith and remembrance.  And above all, childlike faith and logic.  The simple reminder that although there are Great Saints who have gone before us, each one of us is, in our own right, a Saint, too.  It doesn't take any special power - no miracles necessary...  Just childlike faith and  the belief that through Jesus, we can accomplish all things.  And when we truly begin to live out our faith, miracles do happen.  So, will you join me?  Will you be a Saint?
And I mean to be one too.


Hymn text by Lesbia Scott  Listen to the tune HERE - although the lyrics on this site aren't the original ones, it is the tune I grew up with.  And check out the BOOK, which does give the stories of all the saints referenced in the song, just in case you are ever curious about who exactly it was that was killed by a fierce wild beast...

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