Remember our national anthem..”O Say, can you see?” I sang that every morning after our Bible reading and prayer in my Florida public school classroom until I graduated from high school. Francis Scott Key wrote it during the war of 1812. He also wrote this beautiful hymn:
“Lord, with glowing heart I’d praise Thee, For the bliss Thy love bestows,
For the pard’ning grace that saves me, And the peace that from it flows;
Help, O God, my weak endeavor; This dull soul to rapture raise;
Thou must light the flame, or never… Can my love be warm’d to praise.
Praise, my soul the God that sought thee, Wretched wand’rer far astray,
Found thee lost, and kindly brought thee From the paths of death away:
Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling, Him who saw thy guilt-born fear.
And, the light of hope revealing, Bade the blood-stain’d cross appear.”
Oh my, Key was a Christian. He could write about doctrinal matters, and love for God in the same poem. I’m very thankful we had the freedom in our schools to know about him as I grew up. Then, I heard this song when I was in my forties….Scroll categories to “Introductions” for names of others who could blend reformed Christian teachings with matters of the heart and life experiences. God Bless America.