Henry van Dyke, Jr was a minister, short story writer, poet, essayist and a college professor. He went to school with Woodrow Wilson, was a good friend of Helen Keller and gave the eulogy at Mark Twain's funeral. He wrote the words to the "Hymn of Joy" (often called "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee", which is the first line). It is set to a magnificent melody from Beethoven. (Symphony # 9). If you don't know it...
There, aren't they beautiful lyrics? (And it is helpful to have a good tune, thank you, Ludwig!)
It is said that Henry van Dyke wrote this poem in 1907 while staying with a friend in the Berkshire mountains. (He read from the Book of Psalms every day of his life. It is thought that the lyrics are adapted from Psalm 71.) Inspired by nature, his very first sermon was "The Voice of God" in which he preached on hearing God in the outdoors.
Now my friends, I have a dear little calendar at my work that has inspirational quotes and sayings... it is a perpetual calendar. Shall I tell you how long I have used it? I just looked at it recently, it has been at my desk since 2004! Yes, I do take care of things! (And the words never grow old to me.) Several of the quotes are from the esteemed Henry Van Dyke...I should like to share some of them with you now.
"Spend as much time as possible with body and with spirit in God's out -of doors."
"There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament"
"Use what talents you possess."
"Be glad of life. It gives you the chance to love, to work, to play and to look up at the stars."
"There is a loftier ambition than to stand high in the world. It is to step down and lift mankind a little higher."
There! I hope you like his words as much as I do. Seems to me that we are in need of inspiration these days.
"Genius is talent set on fire by courage."
That is another quote I forgot to give you that I really like!
How is everyone getting on with the new Blogger? Uh, me ...not so good. I somehow got this thing to underline stuff (which I fixed) and now it is bold and the only photo I have here is of a lizard that I had on here already because this is a draft that I began writing some time ago and never had time to finish...at least I can get videos on here!
Hope you like the lizard photo! It is called an Eastern fence lizard and ...you might not believe me but it's true...it was doing push ups! (And guess what else, I just saw this on a British TV show, they call them "press ups" in the UK! It so amuses me how the least little thing will be worded differently between the USA and the UK!)
Oh good, there...I got it off the BOLD print. I should go back and fix all that I just wrote but hey, I really did that, so I will just leave it. Hey folks, you got me, mistakes and ALL!
Hope you are getting out into God's out- of- doors! It is good for body and soul, I believe that also.
Joy! I kept working at it and here is a photo of some of the cucumbers that we have grown from seed! (They are pickling cucumbers and are meant to be short and stubby. They are delicious!)
"Look around for a place to sow a few seeds". (Sorry, just one more of his quotes!)
How about you, any joy?