January 21, 2021

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (11): A Song of Peace

By Chaplain Mike

As we look forward to our week of remembering 9/11, I offer the following hymn of peace for your meditation today.

This words of the first two stanzas to this hymn, which is sung to the melody of Finlandia, were written by Lloyd Stone in the years between World War I and World War II. The final stanzas were composed by Methodist theologian Georgia Harkness.

May this song of peace fill our hearts and enliven our peacemaking efforts.

“…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.” (Micah 4:3-4, ESV)

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This Is My Song (A Song of Peace)

This is my song, Oh God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
Oh hear my song, oh God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

May truth and freedom come to every nation;
may peace abound where strife has raged so long;
that each may seek to love and build together,
a world united, righting every wrong;
a world united in its love for freedom,
proclaiming peace together in one song.

This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms,
thy kingdom come, on earth, thy will be done;
let Christ be lifted up ’til all shall serve him,
and hearts united, learn to live as one:
O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations,
myself I give thee — let thy will be done.


  1. How about Amazing Grace?


    I can’t believe its coming on 10 years since that day. I think the real message in September 11 is that there is a lot of pain and anger in the world. This world really needs hope and love. This afternoon I finished reading Philip Yancey’s “Where is God When It Hurts?” and he had something in there that startled me. In India only 3% of the country is Christian, yet Christians in India are responsible for 18% of the health care. In India when you ask someone what they think of when they think of a Christian, they think of love, compassion and graceful health care to the poor. Wouldn’t it be neat if it were like that in the United States? Remove the agendaa, politics, and idologies and just show love. I wonder if those 19 hijackers were really shown love early in their life would they have committed such an act? I don’t know….

    One other thought before hitting the bed. On top of the lives lost and affected by this disaster. I think we should also be grateful that it wasn’t much worse. Remember how after the disaster people thought the death toll would be in the tens of thousands? As painful as it was, and knowing that 1 death is still 1 too many; we should be grateful that the death toll is 2,974 and not something like 15,481. Do you understand what I am saying?

    Night I Monestary….

  2. We should love others. With all that our sinful, self-obsessed lives can muster.

    But even more, let us speak of the One who loves us. So much so that unlike allah, who sends his sons to die for him, our Father sent His Son ….to die for us.

    I know of no other hope in this pride-soaked, religion-soaked world.

    Thank you, Jesus. Have mercy on this world and each and every soul that You will.

  3. David Cornwell says

    On Wednesday evenings our pastor has a weekly bible study group where we have a look at the lectionary passage he chooses for his Sunday sermon. For today he has expanded the passage from Romans 13:8-14 to include the entire chapter. The first verses are very pertinent to the events, and follow up events, to September 11 in many ways. There is a tension in the passage between our proper allegiance to governmental authority and to our ultimate authority, God.

    Above Eagle said “In India when you ask someone what they think of when they think of a Christian, they think of love, compassion and graceful health care to the poor.” Paul clearly addresses this concern in this passage, which turns on the statement of Paul “Owe no one anything except to love one another…” …

    We as Christians need to be very careful where we let nationalistic patriotism lead us.

    I’m getting ready to go to church, so hope my comments were made clearly enough.

    Pray for peace.

  4. Thanks for this Chap. Mike.
    Today I heard a sermon from a First Baptist Church about loving & forgiving our enemies. It brought hopes of peace to my heart. I’ve often talked bad of my Baptist brothers because of some of the mindless patriotism & civil religion I have seen. But today I see hopes of peace. With a 9/11 Sunday coming, this hymn & that Baptist minister’s word has got me ready to forgive & love even in the pain & sorrow of remembrance.

  5. I work with some youth and they are confused by to whole 911 anniversary, most of them were toddelers and to them it’s as relevant as the Korean war. I suppose that as a society we tend to abide by the axiom that time heals all wounds certainly that seems to be the case here.

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