Nature’s beauty is itself a reflection of Jesus’ own beauty. Thomas Aquinas reminded us that God wove beauty into the world to reflect God’s own beauty. Jesus will “make the woeful heart to sing.” . . . The antidote to sorrow isn’t having a bunch of fun; it is looking to Jesus. The antidote to despair is praise. For us, we see the Beautiful Savior at our Lord’s table.
—James C. Howell, Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
—Psalm 19:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, we give you thanks for hymn writers of the past and present. Help us to always have a song of praise on our lips and in our hearts, especially in times of trouble. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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