Saturday, April 14, 2007

the ministry of time travel continues

Doctor Who just gets better and better. The underlying theme of this series appears to be recovery, or maybe the struggle to keep up, as the Doctor begins journeying again after the loss of Rose.

At the Last Supper on Tuesday night Becky Dudley talked about Easter and the possibility (and the struggle towards the possiblility) of something called hope. She defined grace as 'God's confidence in us that we can change'.

I am watching a family TV sci-fi drama, early on saturday evening. It has cat nuns and spaceships, scary monsters (and nice ones) and magic.

And hymns.


Tonight's episode of Doctor Who contained my favourite hymn; one which I have only heard in church at funerals, but which deserves an airing at many other times in my opinion:

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need thy presence every passing hour.
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless;
ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Some of the last words spoken to the Doctor on tonight's episode?

'You are not alone...'

Amen, Rev. Davies...


The Harbour of Ourselves said...

makes me cry just reading it - i remember cool ev enings where summer was beginning to give up her fight listening to the salvation army band at their open air service play this hymn by the waters edge of St. Peter port harbour.

late in life my grandfather used to cry when they played it - love always seems to be close when i hear this.....

mister tumnus said...

anne lamott (i think) said that there are only two prayers: 'help me, help me, help me' and 'thank you, thank you, thank you'. this hymn always reminds me of that. it is so hopeful. but i hardly ever hear it. that episode of doctor who is really worth seeing!