Hymn #14, #15, #16: Traditional Doxology, And Can It Be, and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Wednesdays and Thursdays are (remote) piano teaching days–long days! but I will do my best to keep Hymn-A-Day going anyway.

I keep trying to grok what this whole pandemic crisis means to me, and I can’t. My life and destiny are not mine to control–I could get sick and die. My mind just completely rebels at that, we are in a medically advanced age, I don’t have to worry about that, right? No. The harder I try to save myself, the more my life and what I want slips away from me and greater the sense that no one will care. These hymns directly address that kind of thinking: they teach about the love that God gives all of us, my amazement that God would want me–someone with a lot of brokeness–(And Can It Be That I Should Gain) and the wonder that Someone would love me so much that He would die for me (When I Survey the Wondrous Cross).

P.S.: I discovered that Hymn #13 All Creatures of Our God and King is actually an alternate Doxology called the Keswick Doxology. The words are the same for the fourth verse, but I did not recognize the melody and just figured I was playing it badly! Actually you all know the traditional Doxology that is used in the Catholic church, although many other churches use it as well. I did a short recording: