Faith, Friends


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

It has been a long day. I’ve been on the road north and south and west, meeting with various groups and individuals,
coming home to serious e-mails, making my own important decisions.

We used to sing the words to Taps at summer camp, a camp without a lake, the water represented by the Greenbrier River, flowing by us. The hills and sky were always in view. I remember the words differently than those I found online. Somehow in my mind we sang  "From the lakes to the hills to the sky, all is well. Safely rest. God is nigh."

Today I felt the support of friends near and far as I processed a deeply difficult experience. I am grateful for them. I am grateful for the feeling that I am not alone, that others understand, that although no one is liked by everybody, there are people in my life who not only know me well, but who also love me. Their prayers strengthened me for the challenges I have begun to meet. In their embraces I felt God’s presence, and I carried God with me when we parted.

Tonight I feel those old words in my bones.

From the lakes to the hills to the sky, all is well.
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

18 thoughts on “Taps”

  1. We sang that at Girl Scout camp every night, the voices cracking and pulling flat on “all is well.” But they were sweet anyway.
    Hope all is well.

  2. Now the day is over,
    Night is drawing nigh,
    Shadows of the evening
    Steal across the sky.
    That is the hymn I remember my father singing. It provides a sense of security and calm to me. I am glad you had a network of friends to offer you the support and comfort to you that you need right now. Bless you friend.

  3. It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging, so I just read back a week or so, and wanted to thank you again for all the ways you inspire me, delight me, uplift me and make me laugh (sometimes with tears in my eyes.) Hugs from Seattle

  4. Encouragement for you:
    Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, That we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. Luke 1:68-75
    Songbird, this may not be the most appropriate scripture, but rest well knowing that indeed, God is nigh. He loves you and His son already overcame everything for us.
    In God’s Love,

  5. I remember my father singing the same hymn as Mindy’s. So here’s the second verse:
    Jesus send the weary
    Calm and sweet repose.
    With thy tenderest blessing,
    May my eyelids close.

  6. and lots of thanks to God for the precious gift of YOU, songbird! here’s to a wonderful thanksgiving for you and yours! be blessed, dear friend, as you have blessed me!

  7. Thanks for reminding me of the words. Once I became a trumpeter (and no, I’m not one any longer), they slipped back into the corners somewhere.
    God really IS nigh.

  8. {{{{Songbird}}}}}
    Hope all is well, and that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    And thanks for reminding me of the words of Taps…it’s been a long time since I heard them.

  9. May Thanksgiving be enjoyed with much peace and anticipation of the good things to come. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Songbird. I’m grateful for you!

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