The Morning Sun is Brightly Beaming   Leave a comment

Lake Rocks in Morning Mist

Above:  Lake Rocks in Morning Mist

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Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Anonymous Finnish Text (published in 1836)

English Translation (1938) by Gustav Adolf Aho (1897-1973)

Gustav Adolf Aho, born in Sebeka, Minnesota, on October 9, 1897, to Jacob Aho and Wilhelmiina “Mina” Juuti Aho, became a minister of the former Finnish Evangelical Lutheran National Church of America (1898-1964; renamed the National Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1946 to 1964) in 1921.  He served as pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Jersey City, New Jersey (1921-1926); First Lutheran Church, Ely, Minnesota (1926-1934); and the Lutheran National Churches in Ashtabula and Fairport Harbor, Ohio (1934-?).  Later he served churches in New York and Ontario.  From 1928 to 1931 he was the Secretary of the FELNCA.  Then, from 1931 to 1953, he was the President of the FELNCA/NELC.  The NELC merged into The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1964.  Aho’s last position was as chaplain at the East Ridge Retirement Village, Miami, Florida (1968-1972).  He died on December 27, 1973.

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1.  The morning sun is brightly beaming,

And darkness deep has passed away;

All earth with life and joy is teeming

In beauty of a new-born day.

O gracious Father, purest Light,

Thou bringest day, dispellest night.

2.  Grant unto me in tender mercies

Thy Holy Spirit’s saving light;

The entrance of Thy Word disperses

From out of my mind its sinful night.

My poor and erring heart instill

With love to do Thy gracious will.

3.  Dear Jesus, send Thy mercies o’er me

Like morning dews to cleanse my soul.

Oh, may Thy holy blood restore me.

Let me be strengthened by Thy might

To walk in Thy eternal light.

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