Monday, March 21, 2011

All Things Bright and Beautiful

While looking through some of the pictures I've taken since we moved to California, the words to "All Things Bright and Beautiful" came to my mind. It's an Anglican hymn (Cecil Alexander, pub. in 1848) that I just love. So I've really enjoyed pairing these images with his words, both of which remind me just "How great is God Almighty". Hope you'll enjoy them, too!

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful:

The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colors,

He made their tiny wings.

The purple headed mountains,

The river running by,

The sunset and the morning

That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,

The pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruits in the garden,

He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,

And lips that we might tell

How great is God Almighty,

Who has made all things well.

(I've taken all of these pictures here on the Monterey Peninsula, except for the last one - the rainbow was in Germany. With all the rain we're getting now, I'm hoping to get a good rainbow picture here soon!)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lucky Enough

"If you are lucky enough to live here, you are lucky enough."

I saw this quote, decorated with shamrocks, hanging on a friend's wall today. And I think it's true! Lucky enough, blessed enough - whatever you call it, it's a great reminder to be happy enough and grateful enough.

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

The story behind "As the Deer"... aka How not to observe Daylight Savings Time

So, I don't know about you, but with Spring Break starting today, we celebrated Daylight Savings Time by sleeping in exactly one hour. (No alarm clock necessary... we actually didn't know we had celebrated it that way until we woke up.)

I first became acquainted with the lovely song, "As the Deer," when I played for Mass in Italy several years ago. My accompanist introduced me to it and we scheduled it for services one Sunday in early Spring.

Can you see where this is going?

I distinctly remember my cell phone ringing when I was only about one minute away from my house. Violin in the backseat, dressed to perform, ready to go. Had to pull off the road for legal cell phone usage. (One of the smartest laws in Italy, honestly.) I answered and the conversation went something like this:

Accompanist: "Hi Arian, where are you?"
Me: "I just left home and will be there in a few minutes."
Accompanist: "Don't bother. It's already over."
Me: "WHAT?"
Accompanist: "Today is Daylight Savings Time, didn't you know?"
Me: "I thought that was next Sunday! That's what's printed on my calendar."
Accompanist: "That's when it is in the States. See you in an hour for the next service. Change your watch!"

(Luckily she wasn't really mad, and we both thought it was pretty funny.) So that's when I learned that 1. Daylight Savings Time happens one week earlier in Europe. And 2. when in Rome, do buy yourself a local calendar!

So this story really isn't about the song, except that it got played one less time that day. I've never forgotten the melody, though, with it's simple beauty beckoning to be heard again, and felt like it would have a nice place on my CD. The lyrics compare our longing for the Lord to how a deer thirsts for the water brooks. (Psalm 42:1) That might tie up a few loose ends for anyone who's heard the melody and seen the title but not the rest of the words!

Happy sleeping in, if anyone is so lucky to get to continue celebrating tomorrow!