April Showers

April Showers

by Louis Silvers and B. G. De Sylva  1921

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,
Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
When the sun gives way to April showers,
Here is the point you should never miss.

 

Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it’s raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, it’s raining violets,
And where you see clouds upon the hills,
You soon will see crowds of daffodils,
So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.

 

And where you see clouds upon the hills,
You soon will see crowds of daffodils,
So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.

 

This is an old song Mother used to sing to us. I always start singing it in Spring on rainy days. There is so much truth to the lyrics; look for the good in days of gray skies and rain; much is to come from the nourishment within.

The nourishment within, brings to mind all the references to rain, to water, in the Bible. Water washes away dirt, grime, bacteria, impurities, cleaning the surface. Water also is vital for life within our bodies, without it we cannot live. The adult body can be made up of as much as 70% of water; three-fourths of the surface of the Earth is covered by water; all the water that has ever existed is still present today; the only substance on Earth that is found naturally in three forms is water-solid, liquid, and gas. How cool is that!

There are so many references to and stories about water in the Bible. Noah and the Ark he built to save them from the flood, the woman at the well, John the Baptist cleansing souls, Jesus walking on the water, water turned into wine at the wedding, the parting of the Red Sea, and the water that poured from the pierced side of Jesus, all stories where water is the main character, the main point, the main idea. Jesus also referred to Himself as the Living Water.

 

 

John 4:10  English Standard Version
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

 

John 4:14  The Message 
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”

 

John 7:37  God’s Word Translation 
On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus was standing in the temple courtyard. He said loudly, “Whoever is thirsty must come to me to drink.”

 

John 7:38  English Standard Version
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

 

Isaiah 44:3  English Standard Version 
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”

 

Isaiah 58:11  English Standard Version
And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

 

Revelation 22:1  English Standard Version
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

 

I know for myself, an avid gardener, I pray for rain. I give praises for rain. I love to watch my rain gauge climbing. My husband and I rush out to our front porch at the first sound of rain and watch; we know the sound of it, we know the cool feel of it, we know the power of it, we know the blessings it brings. Thank You Dear Lord, for the life-giving water in all it’s earthly and spiritual forms.

 

The Doxology is sung in many churches as part of their services; it is the last verse to the hymn, Awake, My Soul, and With the Sun.

You can hear me singing it on our porch whenever it rains.

 

 

Awake, My Soul, and With the Sun

by Thom­as Ken, 1674

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise,
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Thy precious time misspent, redeem,
Each present day thy last esteem,
Improve thy talent with due care;
For the great day thyself prepare.

By influence of the Light divine
Let thy own light to others shine.
Reflect all Heaven’s propitious ways
In ardent love, and cheerful praise.

In conversation be sincere;
Keep conscience as the noontide clear;
Think how all seeing God thy ways
And all thy secret thoughts surveys.

Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart,
And with the angels bear thy part,
Who all night long unwearied sing
High praise to the eternal King.

All praise to Thee, who safe has kept
And hast refreshed me while I slept
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake
I may of endless light partake.

Heav’n is, dear Lord, where’er Thou art,
O never then from me depart;
For to my soul ’tis hell to be
But for one moment void of Thee.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew.
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest, this day,
All I design, or do, or say,
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

I would not wake nor rise again
And Heaven itself I would disdain,
Wert Thou not there to be enjoyed,
And I in hymns to be employed.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

I salute you, Thomas Ken. These words are so dear to me. The entire poem recited each morning, would set me on the right path!

 

 

 

Climbing

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