I wrote the words below after composing Alleluias Dancing as the final melody for the A Thousand Years album, recorded in April 2011. As I look back on this, it was a powerful symbol of how “a thousand years are like a day, or a watch in the night to God.” Sometimes a whole day’s work can seem like it gets done in a few hours. This song was like that. Every day is different, but keep creating and keep pursuing your gifts with a heart to love others.
The hymn “All Creatures of Our God and King” was written by Francis of Assisi in 1225. The music first appeared in a Roman Catholic hymnal in Cologne, Germany in 1623. Beginning yesterday evening through this morning and this afternoon, an arrangement of this verse and chorus was inspired that begins in quiet worship and builds to a joy filled dance. It was hard work at times getting all the touches completed in recording the piano, but in the end it was well worth the afternoon hours in the studio. The last minute of the song will symbolize a wedding feast with friends and loved ones in heaven, as vocals, English horn and guitar join the dancing piano. Another amazing day all in all, and such a great feeling to realize that 12 new piano pieces have been created and recorded that will soon offer peace, rest, hope and healing to listeners around the world.
Where do you need this attribute of God, how He is “outside of time,” in your life right now?