Musical Notes from Robin – August 2020

Music Notes from Robin 

          I hope that you are surviving these hot summer months in the South.  August is here, and 2020 continues to be a year full of challenges.  The COVID-19 issues, the racial tensions, the critical decisions that have to be made regarding the upcoming school year, and the plans for our church are all issues that must be faced. 

          At times, this present situation seems overwhelming; and I struggle to remain positive.  I can’t see a solution for these problems presenting itself.  However, I do find solace, comfort, and inspiration when I come to the church.  Main Street is providing worship, support for grieving families, and a source of comfort for its members.  I am so thankful for my church family and friends.  I know that better days are ahead.

          In 1719, over 300 years ago, Isaac Watts wrote the words to a hymn with the music provided by William Croft that is just as powerful and needed today as when it was written.  Take these words to heart and look to the heavens:

“O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, Thou art God, to endless years the same.

A thousand ages, in Thy sight, are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all who breathe away,
They fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.
Be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home!”