"I`m living on the mountain underneath a cloudless sky (Praise God!)
I`m drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry;
O yes! I`m feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land."
(In the Public Domain)
Spending time looking for churches to photograph led me to want to wander again through the hymnbook of my childhood - the old, brown Cokesbury Worship Hymnal. My copy is so dog-eared and fragile, I am almost afraid to use it any more. It was given to me 51 years ago, when I began playing the piano at my first church - Dendron Methodist Church - in Dendron, VA (I was 12 - you do the math!). The first few pages are missing - it now starts with page 6 - so I don't know the date of publication. But, it was already well-used before I got it all those years ago. I have always cherished it because it has some of the old songs we don't sing any more - songs I remember one of our pastors singing, like "Others", and "Ivory Palaces". Maybe its because I am getting older, or maybe it is just natural to remember simpler times, but I find myself longing to sing the old hymns again. Maybe I am not the only one - maybe there are others out there who would love to hear those old hymns. I can still play my piano, and sing the songs, but there is something special about singing them with a group of like-minded people, in a beautiful old church like this one I photographed last week.
May your Sunday be blessed beyond measure and may you enjoy remembering the hymns of your youth!