In 17th-century Germany, Joachim Neander was a rowdy youth. At age 20, he and two friends went to a church intending to make fun of the new pastor. But the pastor’s earnest words deeply affected young Neander, and started him on the path to faith.
As he spent much time in a beautiful local valley and its caves, he found that nature was his ”pathway” to draw him near to God’s heart.
He composed hymns about nature praising God, including:
“Let all things join with me
To tell Thy praises and Thy fame abroad;
Let earth and sky and sea,
With voices pure and clear,
Resounding far and near,
Proclaim how great the glory of the Lord!
“Hark, how the air is sweet
With music from a thousand warbling throats, …
To Thee I also sing,
Keep me beneath Thy wing,
Disdain not Thou to list my harsher notes.”
Coffee/tea thought: Image yourself sitting with Joachim Neander, listening to the sounds and voices of creation, including “a thousand warbling throats.” What stirs within you?
Ref: O Thou true God alone, by J. Neander, (Tr. by Catherine Winkworth)
October 22nd, 2014
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