My sister-in-law sent some song lyrics to me in an e-mail. She said she heard it performed by a choir several years ago and has kept the lyrics to ponder each year.
The first words are, “Lord, before this fleeting season is upon us…”
Obviously, this fleeting season is already upon us. Already fleeting.
Nevertheless, the message is good, even now, even in the midst of the season:
Lord, before this fleeting season is upon us,Let me remember to walk slowly.
Lord, bless my heart with love and with quiet.
Give my heart a leaning to hear carols.
Grace our family with contentment,
And the peace that comes only from You.
Lord, help us to do less this busy season;
Go less; stay closer to home; kneel more.
May our hearts be Your heart.
May we simply, peacefully, celebrate You.
Lord, Before This Fleeting Season
Text by MaryAnn Jindra; set to choral music by Libby Larsen.
Remember to walk slowly.
May our hearts be His heart.
May we simply, peacefully, celebrate Jesus Christ.
Jean Stockdale says
The hot breath of a demanding schedule and long “to-do list” can be felt on our necks, convincing us that we are duty bound to complete every task with grace and Martha Stewart-esque flouish. In reality, we are compelled by the Holy Spirit to walk slowly and relish the Once for All Time Gift of the baby in the manger. Great Post.
By the way, as a mom who is on the opposite end of the spectrum-having raised and released 2 darling men into the adult world-I rise up and call you blessed today!!
I love these lyrics. I think this needs to be printed up on some pretty paper and mounted on the wall as a part of the Christmas decorations.