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Sunday School Songs

There’s a lot of theology packed into the old Sunday School songs I used to sing.

“Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear light, Like a little candle burning in the night; In this world of darkness, so we must shine; You in your small corner and I in mine.”

That describes exactly what yesterday’s blog post was about.

Karl Barth, the famous Swiss Reformed theologian, was at Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago during his lecture tour of the US in 1962. After his lecture, during the Q and A time, a student asked Barth if he could summarize his whole life’s work in theology in a sentence. Barth allegedly said something like “Yes, I can. In the words of a song I learned at my mother’s knee: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.'” (www.patheos.com>2013/01)

Can anybody reading this think of any other children’s Christian songs that contain sound theology?

My Prayer

Lord, may I never disregard the simple in my quest to know You better. Amen.

This post is part of SoCS as well as JustJoJan

The Scraggly Bishop

“Day by day, dear Lord, of thee three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.”

These words are attributed to Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253.

Richard was an impoverished orphan who became a small-town parson. Preaching and counselling were particular gifts of his and his fame soon spread. Against the wishes of King Henry III, Richard was consecrated as Bishop of Chichester. The king wouldn’t allow him to enter the cathedral or the bishop’s palace so for two years, he wandered around his diocese with bare feet and scraggly hair. He lived very simply on the charity of his flock.

Even when the quarrel with the king was patched up and Richard moved into the bishop’s palace, he continued to live almost as a beggar, fasting often and sleeping on the floor.

His words have echoed down the centuries, inspiring Christians like me. They became popular in 1971 in the musical, Godspell.

Today, I would like to make them the basis of my prayer.

Lord Jesus, I would like to know you better, to understand your heart. I would like to love you more and more each passing day and follow you more closely every day of my life. Amen.

This post is part of JusJoJan