Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

    In the Yoruba worldview, an individual's identity is closely tied to the community. It might be said of a person that 'the community is, therefore I am.' Out of this context emerges the Oriki. It is a praise poem celebrating the individual as a member of his family or clan. And it summarily recounts … Continue reading Oriki Mi (My Oriki)

Another year is dawning

1 Another year is dawning: Dear Father, let it be, In working or in waiting, Another year with Thee; Another year of progress, Another year of praise, Another year of proving Thy presence all the days. 2 Another year of mercies, Of faithfulness and grace; Another year of gladness In the shining of Thy face; … Continue reading Another year is dawning

Grace, ’tis a charming sound

1. Grace, ’tis a charming sound, Harmonious to mine ear; Heaven with the echo shall resound, And all the earth shall hear. 2. Grace first contrived the way To save rebellious man; And all the steps that grace display Which drew the wondrous plan. 3. Grace first inscribed my name In God’s eternal book; ’Twas … Continue reading Grace, ’tis a charming sound

A Hymn on Work

Behold us, Lord, a little space From daily tasks set free, And met within Thy holy place To rest awhile with Thee. Around us rolls the ceaseless tide Of business, toil, and care; And scarcely can we turn aside For one brief hour of prayer. Yet these are not the only walls Wherein Thou may’st … Continue reading A Hymn on Work

Lament for a son

Solemn words written by a Christian father over the loss of his son Perhaps we all take each other too much for granted. The routines of life distract us; our own pursuits make us oblivious; our anxieties and sorrows, unmindful. The beauties of the familiar go unremarked. We do not treasure each other enough. He was … Continue reading Lament for a son

Exultation in God

This is a song of delight in God by the ancient Jewish King, David. It's the 103rd chapter of the Book of Psalms. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all … Continue reading Exultation in God

Our World belongs to God – Preamble

God reigns! This is the joy of the believer. Through all the stages of the universe's history - Creation, Fall, Redemption, God has been at work. All things exist for him and he is ruler over all. A document published by the Christian Reformed Church captures this truth eloquently. I intend to present this statement … Continue reading Our World belongs to God – Preamble

Grace! ’tis a charming sound

Grace! 'tis a charming sound, Harmonious to the ear! Heaven with the echo shall resound, And all the earth shall hear.   Grace first contrived the way To save rebellious man; And all the steps, that grace display, Which drew the wondrous plan.   Grace led my roving feet To tread the heavenly road; And … Continue reading Grace! ’tis a charming sound

Love divine, all loves excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven, to earth come down; Fix in us Thy humble dwelling; All Thy faithful mercies crown. Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure, unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart. Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit Into every troubled breast! Let us all … Continue reading Love divine, all loves excelling

We sing the praise of Him Who died

We sing the praise of Him Who died, Of Him Who died upon the Cross: The sinner's hope let men deride: For this we count the world but loss. Inscribed upon the Cross we see In shining letters, God is love: He bears our sins upon the tree: He brings us mercy from above. The … Continue reading We sing the praise of Him Who died