Japan: Through Lyrics
Throughout much of my trip, the following song lyrics kept popping into my head…
How Great Thou Art: “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.” It was amazing to be halfway around the world – to see and experience the vast differences in culture – and to know that the God who made me and America is the same God who formed Japan and its people. Awesome wonder… indeed!
Jesus Loves the Little Children: “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.” During our church service on Sunday, I could not understand a word that was said (since it was in Japanese), so I defaulted to reading my Bible, where I left off in my personal devotions. I read the following, “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). It was a very fitting verse – and song – for our work with the children of Kurume Christ Church.
For the Beauty of the Earth: This hymn came to mind as I was riding my bike on a path by the river, much like the Monon. I was soaking in the beauty of His creation. “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”
Overall, I got to spend time in another country, serve some of His precious children, and admire the beauty of His creation. It was a great trip.