Sunday Reflections: Consider The Lilies

Sunday Reflections: Consider The Lilies

When Roger Hoffman composed in 1980 the melody for the beloved hymn “Consider The Lilies,” the words that became lyrics immediately flowed into his mind.

Consider the lilies of the field,
How they grow, how they grow.
Consider the birds in the sky,
How they fly, how they fly.

The words kept flowing till he felt he was done. But as he rose from the piano bench, he felt impressed there was more. “I was about to rise from the piano bench and go home, when I felt a kind of downward tug, and sat down at the bench again. The message came clearly into my mind, ‘I’m not finished yet.'”

He struggled to keep writing, thinking of the pain so many suffer. “My pen is too small to deal with a problem so great.” But then the thought came into his mind, “You’re not writing this, anyway.”

So he kept writing. Of healing, of hope, of love.

He clothes the lilies of the field,
He feeds the lambs in His fold,
And He will heal those who trust Him,
And make their hearts as gold.

“I wept profusely. I could not contain my feelings. The love I felt was so powerful that I was overcome.”

Such is the love we each can feel and can experience if we will also consider we are also arrayed like unto the lilies.


By Les Patterson

Consider the lilies
Those that grow
In the fields vast
Their beauty overflows

Arrayed in radiant splendor
They spin not nor do they toil
Yet brightly they still bloom
Nourished by the soil

Though they also wither
Under the scorching sun
God doth clothe the lilies
The many and the one

He shall also clothe us
Each one as His child
In us eternal greatness
His love gentle and mild

The lilies we are not
But arrayed we are in glory
For God created beauty in us
More than just an allegory


Have a beautiful Sunday! We love you!

Les & Elisa



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