Music has always been an important part of my life. As a Christian many songs have had an impact on me and help shape my life. From time to time I want to share some of these songs with you.

Clara H. Scott (December 3, 1841 – June 21, 1897) published Open My Eyes in 1885. I remember singing this hymn as a boy and as a teenager.

Open My Eyes, That I May See

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.


Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.


How it shaped me.

I learned to yield my senses – my eyes, my ears, my mouth – to God. It points me to what God wants me to see and hear but it also leads me to open my mouth and share God’s good news.

Spirit divine, I sit silently and wait for you, ready to see your will for today. Open my eyes, illumine me. Open my ears and let me hear. Open my mouth and let me share.

Grace and Peace,


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