This little song came to my mind this weekend. It’s called a canon, or round, and when I went to Pioneer Girls Camp – Camp Cherith – in Maine many, many years ago – this song or one of several others would be sung right before mealtime, in addition to having “grace” said.
It’s short and sweet – to the point. Where all sustenance and help come only from the LORD. It was sung as a reminder to be thankful for what we were about to partake.
I have this little canon in my large, red hymnal. A traditional Dutch Folk song.
My memories of camp are many. I went several times. The summer before my senior year in high school, I stayed three weeks. I worked in the stables for two weeks, and the third, in the kitchen, processing dirty dishes in the dishwasher. And yes, that kitchen job was, indeed, fun because I wasn’t washing the huge pots by hand, like another camp-mate was. 😊
One particular memory sticks in my mind. The one where I was always homesick. No matter how much fun I was having, I always got homesick. Sunday mornings in chapel. It couldn’t be helped. My eyes would fill up. I missed my church. I missed home. I missed the familiar.
During this world-wide virus pandemic, I am experiencing a similar situation. Except for the tears, I’m forced to attend church online at home but being “home-sick” nevertheless. So near, yet so far. Our families, our friends, the stores and businesses that are closed, the fellowship of parishioners and the social gatherings we have been deprived of for a time.
Yet, this little song reminds me to be thankful. The word of God gives promise and help. As you see in the photos I’ve included in this post, He made the world. The majestic trees. Food from the ground. He provides for our needs. He also controls our circumstances. He sees everything. Knows everything. Does that bring joy to your heart?
The Lord will give strength to His people, The Lord will bless His people with peace.
III John 1:2
Brethren, I pray that in all aspects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance.
I Timothy 6:17
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
There are so many things to enjoy while our lives have been curtailed to some degree. We can fix our minds on memories of days gone by. We can still step outside for fresh air. We can communicate with loved ones from afar if not face to face.
I’ve included a clip of the canon/round below for you to hear. Enjoy!
For health and strength, and daily food, we praise thy name, O Lord.
May the LORD bestow grace, strength, and health for you all.