Love Is In Da Blog 21 ~ My Favourite Song about God’s Love & Prompt Post for February 22nd

Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen to another instalment of “Love Is In Da Blog 2019”. Today’s prompt proved to be a little more tricky than I expected.

Originally I wanted to write about my childhood on the Swabian Alb in the South of Germany. There used to be a festival in May called “Kinderfest” (Children’s Festival). According to legend, the children of Steinheim saved the village in the Thirty Years War from an attack.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember more and could not find anything online either.

This legend was used though for a community festival in Steinheim am Albuch where I’ve been born. I am not sure if it still exists as I could not find anything online. However, when I was young it happened at the first weekend in May and our school did a parade with different topics every year. It went from the school pretty much in the middle of Steinheim up to the festival place at the northern hilly area of the village.

You have to know that I was born in the crater of a meteorite. Yes, you heard right. The village was built right in the middle of the crater around the rest of the meteorite in the middle of the crater. So, the village was/is surrounded by hills. Please find an image here.  Ok, where does God come into play? Well, the beginning of the parade always started with a song by Paul Gerhard called “Geh aus mein Herz und suche Freud” meaning “Go forth my heart and seek delight”. Needed to do some digging to remember it.

I loved that song and it reminds me of the more positive parts of Protestantism I grew up with which was heavily influenced by Pietism.  At first, though I thought that song would not be on YouTube so I went for his song.

video credit & source: Calvin Harris via YouTube

I like the first lines:

Oh, I remember when this world was my own
I pray to God, I just don’t know anymore

because they describe my relationship with God quite nicely: When I was young it was all easy: there was the Christian God who loved me and all was well. But then life happened and I started to think for myself and things just did not add up and now I just don’t know anymore. But we better don’t go any further into that 🙂

In the end, I did search for “Geh aus mein Herz” and did find several versions of it on YouTube so I can share it whith you anyway 🙂

video source: Anke Zoom via YouTube

And here a translation from Hymnary.org

Representative Text

1 Go forth, my heart, and seek delight,
While summer reigns so fair and bright,
View God’s abundance daily;
The beauty of these gardens see,
Behold how they for me and thee
Have decked themselves so gaily.

2 The trees with spreading leaves are blessed,
The earth her dusty rind has dressed
In green so young and tender.
Narcissus and the tulip fair
Are clothed in raiment far more rare
Than Solomon in splendor.

3 The lark soars upward to the skies,
And from her cote the pigeon flies,
Her way to woodlands winging.
The silver-throated nightingale
Fills mountain, meadow, hill and dale
With her delightful singing.

4 Fast grows the wheat, like waving gold,
And gives delight to young and old;
All nature with thanksgiving
Lauds Him whose mercy measureless
Vouchsafed the soul of man to bless
With goods that grace his living.

5 Thy splendor, Lord, doth brightly shine
And fills my heart with joy divine
While here on earth abiding;
What, then, may be in store for me
And all who heaven’s glory see,
In golden halls residing?

5 O choose me for Thy paradise,
Let soul and body till I rise
Still flourish, tiring never.
With Thee alone will I abide,
Thine honor serve, and none beside,
Both here and there forever.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #645

Ok, I admit today’s post offered some different songs but I think they express well how I see God’s love: Shows itself in many ways, many of which we just can’t understand 🙂

But now off to tomorrow…

LOVE IS IN DA BLOG MUSIC PROMPT FOR FEBRUARY 22nd

I hope tomorrows prompt doesn’t bring up too many bad memories. “Why?” you might ask if you haven’t seen the prompt list yet :-): Because it is

My favourite heartbreak song

No explanation needed :-).

And to remind ourselves how to take part:

“Love Is In Da Blog” Rules/suggestions

      1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first day or week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
      2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
      3. Tag your post either with “Love Is In Da Blog” or “LoIsInDaBl” or “Love Is In Da Blog 19” or #LoIsInDaBl19. You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure.
      4. No matter which music the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please, and whatever length you please (no pun intended 😉 ) as long as it is about “LOVE.”
      5. I post the prompt post the day before which is connected with the music for that day so you have some time to make up your mind and create your post. There won’t be two different posts and I hope it’s not too confusing.
      6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
      7. Find the prompt list for the whole month here in this introduction post at the end
Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of three trees with differently coloured canopies to left. To middle big black writing saying: Love Is In Da Blog 2019

Now go,

share A favourite

heartbreak Song

and have lots of fun 

😉

9 thoughts on “Love Is In Da Blog 21 ~ My Favourite Song about God’s Love & Prompt Post for February 22nd

    1. Yes, it’s really cool. There is a bigger one close by in Noerdlingen and I think Neil Armstrong and his colleagues came along before they went to the moon because it was thought the meteorites were from the moon. Glad you liked the songs. Am.off now to read yours… 🙋🐝

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