Makes me smile….

As some of you know I am currently doing my student teaching 1 experience in a large public middle school in Lincoln, NE. First of all, I love it. The kids keep me on my toes, I have an excellent cooperating teacher, and I get to teach a subject I love! However, being in a public school after 3 1/2 years at Seward is a bit interesting. I feel like I have to watch over my should to make sure I’m not saying something that will get me into trouble. I have had good discussions with my co-op on our planning periods…. but its not quite the same is being so immersed at Concordia.

However, I do have moments where I just want to shout “YES!”

We are currently watching a PBS video on the Lewis and Clark series and we just finished watching some clips on Thomas Jefferson. Both were narriated by Ken Burns. As I watched the video with my students I noticed the music. Both films had the hymn “Be Thou My Vision” playing in the background (only instrumental… no vocal). Then, in the Lewis and Clark film I noticed that the hymn “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” was playing in the background. One of my students after class stated that she’d heard that song in church and loved that hymn. I smiled big and agreed with her that I thought it was a good hymn.

I’ll leave you know with the words to “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” (HS 881)

Praise the One who breaks the darkness
With a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the pris’ners,
Turning blindness in-to sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
Healing every dread disease,
Calming storms, and feeding thousands
With the very Bread of Peace

Praise the One who bless’d the children
With a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons
With the piericing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
To the desert’s burning sand;
From this well comes living water,
Quenching thirst in every land.

Let us praise the Word incarnate,
Christ, who suffered in our place;
Jesus died and rose victorious
That we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
Seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer,
Praise the One who makes us one.


4 Responses

  1. I love that hymn, too! I’m surprised it was background music for the program, though. Maybe I’m just not that observant.

  2. I don’t like that hymn so much, mostly because I hear that tune, Beach Spring, all the time in the Methodist church with another text, “Come and Find the Quiet Center,” and it’s kind of weird.

  3. I like alcohol and hotwings. I wish hymns were edible.

  4. Mmmm, edible hymns

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