Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Reaffirm the Ancient Story"

Robert Bruce Williams was a college professor in New Jersey. He had a hobby and a talent for writing hymns during the late 20th century that sounded like they were written in the 18th or 19th. Mr. Williams wrote the following hymn and sent it to Dr. Jerry Rushford at Pepperdine University:

Come O Lord in Radiant Glory

Come O Lord in Radiant Glory
Let Your splendor shine anew
Reaffirm the ancient story
Still as fresh as morning dew

Lord of mercy
Lord of goodness
Lead us to a vision clear
Lead us to a vision clear

Bring accord of lasting vigor
To all people in this hour
Make our sons and daughters eager
For Your guiding light and power

Lord of mercy
Lord of goodness
Grant to us Your guiding light
Grant to us Your guiding light.


- Robert Bruce Williams

Sing to the tune of "CWM RHONDA" by John Hughes, 1873-1932 (see "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" by William Williams, 1717-1791)

Notice some words in the song for a moment.

"Reaffirm the Ancient Story still as fresh as morning dew." This is the most important thing we will ever do. Make sure the Ancient Story is clear in our own minds and help our children and their children catch a vision of it as fresh as morning dew.

"Make our sons and daughters eager for your guiding light and power." This is a prayer to God for him to accomplish. Only he can germinate the seed in the lives of our kids and grandkids to truly seek his Spirit.

My debt for this little article is to Dr. Jerry Rushford and to Robert Bruce Williams.

Be good to yourself.