In 2001 I wrote my first hymn. I have always written, but never did I imagine writing a hymn. There was a hymn that I wanted to use in our service, but our organist disliked the words. I said (, thinking “how hard could it be!” ) “Will you play it, Doris, if I write new words for it?” Doris said she would and so I embarked on a journey that has proved both very exciting and very difficult. You see, I don’t read music. I’ve never played an instrument. But, ignorance is bliss, so I started. Oh my, the crumpled paper! The erasures! The scribbled lines that didn’t make the final draft. Anyhow, here it is and I am still writing.
In the Beginning
©2001 Mollie Pearce McKibbon
In the beginning, all was in silence;
Darkness and water covered the earth.
God’s Word made sunlight, moon-glow and star-shine,
Green grass and flowers, birdsong and mirth.
God’s Word is blessed, God’s Word is sacred,
Brought forth as human, caring and kind;
Healer and teacher, prophet and Saviour;
Love resurrected, King beyond time.
Word of elation, Word of salvation;
Jesus, beloved, full of God’s grace.
Wonderful counsellor, Manna from heaven;
All that You are God, shines from your face.
May the world praise You, O God Almighty,
May we all sing praise, ever to You.
Open our hearts God, to your Word spoken,
Make your Word known, God, all the world through.
I was really thrilled when the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society chose this hymn, along with hymns from three other writers, to be sung at a Hymn festival in Toronto. It was thrilling to hear it sung by a wonderful soprano and then by a full choir. If anyone would like to use this hymn please contact me through this blog as I do own the copyright.