Fairest Lord, Sufficient Above All

I awoke to these lyrics in my head this morning:

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,O Thou of God and man the Son,Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,Robed in the blooming garb of spring;Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,Fairer still the moonlight,And all the twinkling starry host;Jesus shines brighter,

Jesus shines purer Than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration, Now and forever more be Thine. 

I have not sung this in many years. I can still hear my mother pounding through the melody on the piano on a Friday night preparing for Sunday morning. Many Friday evenings were non-traditional for me. There were many times I would be out with the Lionel Cables and David, Rapheals, and Cale’s and James A. Carr’s creating havoc in the mad streets of Topeka, KS. But then on some of those evenings I would return home early to enter the house to the sound of my mother preparing music for corporate worship. I see now while she was preparing to play for Sunday, a lot of those hymns were preparing me for today. Some history repeating itself is not a bad thing.

I have long since passed those days and have long embraced the fact that my parents are enjoying the autumn of their lives. (As a matter or fact we celebrated with my father his seventy-fifth birthday earlier this week.) It is bitter-sweet. I long for days of respite and the simplicity of enjoying the common unity of family in spite of all of our frailties. The long periods of dialog, the respect of person regardless of the age, the engagement, the critical thinking and challenge to see better, to feel right, to know humbly. I miss those kind of Friday nights.

Yet with all the glory and splendor those days together then and many enjoyable moments from time to time presently I see more clearly how the word ‘better’ is so key to the book of Hebrews (and becoming more important in the pamphlet of DeLanos.) The songwriter affirms what we so often fail to embrace. Of all the favorable and fairer things we experience Jesus is still fairer. Of all the hopes we think we need to succeed, to enjoy, to be alright, Jesus is still worth more. For the song writer it was the meadows for me it was the plains of content I found in those cheerleaders in my family. For the writer it was the stars shinning, for me it was watching my father shut lights off in the house (the light bill is too high.) Both were fair, neither is better than Jesus.

We know these things will fade away. But we would rather hold on to the fleeting, than to just take a chance with the eternal. Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus and to trust Him at His Word.  One thing this is assures is I could go back to my old church and sing this with conviction knowing I believe the words to be true. But more than that, as much as Friday means too me I find the older I get I am willing to take a chance and give up my Friday if it means that Sunday will be everything I never considered it could be. Only looking to Christ will you ever find how much fairer He is than everything else. But that means you have to look at Him long and regularly.

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5 thoughts on “Fairest Lord, Sufficient Above All

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  2. In the beginning man created the gods

    What I think of organized religion. I hope you gleam a small bit of useful information as I have. What games religion is playing in America and the world today? We live in a rare time and country where we can choose for ourselves how much or little Religion we want in our lives, but the followers of most religions just don’t understand the word no! Not in my life not in my schools not in my government, NO! is the choice I have made for me and my family, the following reasons are part of the problem as I see it.

    First: religion is in no way real. The word religion or god is nothing more than an expression or product of human fear and weaknesses or imagination in some cases. The Bible/Koran, a collection of ancient myths and stories borrowed from many different cultures over hundreds of centuries or longer. Sadly the followers of Christianity, Islam, and others want to make decisions for us all based on there interpretation of books that are in no way real. These groups are working hard and spending millions trying to influence our politicians to pass laws based on there interpretation of these books. Trying to convert the USA into a religious state. I hope to never see any religious icons on our flag, because then it would be a good time to leave.

    Second: Religion no longer has a place in the real world. It divides us as a people to choose ignorance over logic, to forsake the future for a ruthless past. A Wall of Separation is supposed to protect us from all religious infringement upon our school’s teachings of science to find real truth and knowledge. Not to pass out fairytales to our children of some aged dogma from an era long dead, our children deserve better.

    Many of these groups place supernatural abilities on some of its members, born of a virgin or walk on water or cure the blind sick or to fly. Throughout history you will find many who have claimed the same feats, again they are all wrong. No interpretation no matter how subtle can change the fact these are nothing but stories meant to entertain or teach something to the people of that era nothing more.

    Religion, as an idea has been with us before recorded history from early man’s worshiping of nature to Charlemagne’s murder of the innocent in the name of Christianity, to jets crashing into towers in the name of Islam. Coerced observance is the main method almost all these religions use. Worship me or you will be tortured for all eternity or murdered out right. Fear mongering, or coercion is tyranny! Remember the Dark Age’s religions rule in that dark, distant past didn’t serve our ancestors well it certainly won’t serve us any better today! These are the labels I proudly wear heretic, infidel, atheist, man of science, freethinker.

    Third: We put our trust in our elected officials to maintain the wall of separation, to prevent religion’s ever reaching grasp from tainting the consideration of new laws, as well as research designed to help many! This country was not founded on the rule of any ones religion, but more the lack of religious influence in the governing of this country. But time and again you hear religious overtones spouting out of our leaders, The wall is crumbling. The time for the burning of witches, belief in a flat earth, the murdering of doctors, and crimes against women and children or religions many other immoral and vile acts committed against humanity as a whole can no longer and should no longer be tolerated no matter what religious book or god demands it.

    Anyone of good conscience should agree with what I have said and ban together, so we can bring this country the very world we live on into the 21st century free of these groups hold on our minds and revel in all the promise this century has to offer so our children’s children’s children will look back in pride an see we did what we did for them and there posterity. This is after all a very small world and a grate leaping point into the vast unknown. I so hope more minds are opened and see beyond the centuries of engrained dogma. I just hope it`s not layed to waste by then. http://www.thegodmovie.com/trailer.php

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