Friday, January 29, 2010

Hymn and Scripture of the Month- January

I'm starting to have the kids memorize one passage of scripture for each month. I have the two oldest write part of it each morning which is great handwriting practice. By the end of the month they've written it several times. We also spend some time each morning saying it together. Then we sing a hymn everyday for a month- the plan is that somehow the topic of the Bible passage and the hymn kind of line up.

This month we've been working on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and #474, "Hours and Days and Years and Ages," from the (blue) Psalter Hymnal.

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace."

Here's the first verse of the hymn:

"Hours and days and years and ages
Swift as moving shadows flee;
As we scan life's fleeting pages,
Naught enduring do we see;
On the paths our feet are wending
Footprints all will be effaced;
Present time to past is tending,
Though its page is not erased."

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