Monday, January 27, 2014

Message from Jay Hendricks High School Teacher & Mary Hendricks Elementary Teacher

One of our favorite hymns is “Be Thou My Vision.”
The words to the song were actually written as a prayer in the sixth century by Dallan Forgaill an Irish Monk and poet. It was translated into English and put to music in the early twentieth century. The message of the hymn is clear; by keeping Christ in sight and by focusing our attention on him, we become more like him. As a part of the Phoenix Christian community, we all strive to keep Christ in focus and share this vision with our students and so that this can be their prayer as well.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

1 John 3:2-3  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

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