Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Wednesday, March 11

Anita Dorf

You Are Mine


Have you found yourself with tears in your eyes when we sing a particular hymn? This does not happen to me often, but when it does, I am overwhelmed. Some hymns that bring tears to my eyes are ones I have heard and sung from childhood, some are ones that my family has held dear, and some are a surprise due to the message and the music.


When we sing You Are Mine (ELW 581), I struggle to sing. Sounds funny, but I get so choked up that words will not come out and the music, well, the music that comes out of my mouth becomes distorted. I am truly touched by this hymn.


I know these words are ones that God says to me—and to you.


I will come to you in the silence.
I will lift you from all your fear.
You will hear my voice; I claim you as my choice.
Be still and know I am here.


The text written by David Haas truly speaks to my deepest need—to know that God is with me and all God’s children.


I am hope for all who are hopeless,


I am eyes for all who long to see…


I need not be afraid or despair or feel hopeless. God is with me and with all God’s children all the time. I cannot explain it scientifically but I know it innately. Hearing these words through the sound of music is a blessing to me—one that touches me at my deepest need.


Thanks be to God for speaking to us through music.


Gracious God, thank you for speaking to us through music. Thank you for your promises that are so vivid in this song. When we fear or doubt, help us to hear you sing words of love to us. Amen


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