This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
Dear Dickinson First Family and Friends,
Rev. Maltbie Babcock’s beautiful hymn presents a personified nature in which all aspects of nature can and does sing, including rocks and trees and skies and seas. His inspiration was frequent walks along the Niagara Escarpment to enjoy the overlook’s panoramic vista of upstate New York scenery and Lake Ontario, telling his wife Catherine he was “going out to see the Father’s world.”
Babcock’s imagery is consistent with our scriptural witness. As Jesus was entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, some well-meaning Pharisees instructed him to calm his noisy followers. Remember Christ’s response? Jesus answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out.” Imagine that (speaking of last Sunday)!
If you can imagine that, maybe you can also imagine a broken creation crying out to God for healing, for restoration, much like the Hebrew slaves cried out to God in the desperation of their oppression and murder in Egypt. God came down and delivered them and gave them a weekly day of rest - Sabbath.
Join us this Sunday as we continue our Lenten worship series, Holy Vessels - A Season of Restoration. We’ll be looking at the restoration of the world’s environmental health and how God had plans for Sabbath rest for the land, too. Christ, who rules the wind and the waves, came to bring healing to the world itself, in addition to the world’s inhabitants.