Immortal Love, Forever Full

Well, it’s been quite a week.  From productive meetings and back-to-back private students, two great choir rehearsals and my first full day at Fitchburg State, “stomping out fires” and a massive amount of email, it’s been exciting and a little overwhelming at times.  I am amazed at all of the music and teaching opportunities that are in front of me this semester but there are times when I feel incapable.  “How can I keep up with all of this?”  I ask myself.  Perhaps I need to read this post again?

Yesterday, I took a few minutes to review a few pieces before choir rehearsal.  I turned to one of our new pieces (my favorite anthem in the folders right now) – “Immortal Love, Forever Full” (arr. Kreider – listen here).  I was the only one in the Sanctuary and the church was quiet. . . it was so peaceful.  I relished the moment of solitude.  It became a moment of worship for me, playing there in the middle of the afternoon.  I read the words and let the meaning sink in.  A sense of calmness washed over me – just what my soul needed.  “Forever shared, forever whole, a never ebbing sea!”

Immortal love, forever full, Forever flowing free, Forever shared, forever whole, A never ebbing sea!

Our outward lips confess the name All other names above; Love only knoweth whence it came, And comprehendeth love.

We may not climb the heavenly steeps To bring the Lord Christ down; In vain we search the lowest deeps, For Him no depths can drown.

But warm, sweet, tender, even yet, A present help is He; And faith still has its Olivet, And love its Calvary.

The healing of His seamless dress Is by our beds of pain; We touch Him in life’s throng and press, And we are whole again.

The letter fails, the systems fall, And every symbol wanes; The Spirit over brooding all, Eternal Love remains.

- John Greenleaf Whittier, 1856

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