Monthly Archives: April 2013

An Audible Miracle

Then a Miracle Occurs

The Bible is full of miracles, from Genesis to Revelation.  From the parting of the Red Sea, to the raising of Lazarus, to Jesus’ resurrection—there’s no shortage of the spectacular recorded in the Scriptures.  Regardless of our perspective and biases, we have to process the testimony of miracles.

Truth be told, most of us tend to be spiritual Missourians when it comes to the supernatural.  We may have no qualms about praying for God to grant a miracle, but when someone actually claims to have experienced one we get edgy and uncomfortable. Continue reading

Now the Green Blade Rises

Yesterday, at our worship service for Easter, we played a modern rendition of the classic hymn, Now the Green Blade Riseth.   With lyrics written by an Anglican clergyman, John Macleod Campbell Crum, in 1928, it is based on an old French Christmas Carol tune and 15th century melody, Noël Nouvelet.

The version we rocked out on yesterday was arranged by Alex Mejias for High Street Hymns, that seeks to reclaim hymns for the good of the contemporary church.   The lyrics powerfully testify to the truth of Christ’s Resurrection:

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many years has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

In the grave they laid Him, Love Whom we had slain,
Thinking that He’d never wake to life again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

Up He sprang at Easter, like the risen grain,
He that for three days in the grave had lain;
Up from the dead my risen Lord is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

When our hearts are saddened, grieving or in pain,
By Your touch You call us back to life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

When engaging with those who are skeptical about the truth of the Christian faith, it all comes down to whether or not the story expressed in this hymn is a real event in history,  fantastic wishful thinking, or a really bad April Fools joke.  I’ll go with the first option.

For a more traditional version of this hymn, enjoy this by the Choir of Ely Cathedral:

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