For the Weekend–Anthem


Last night I had the privilege of hearing Fernando Ortega perform his worshipful, anointed music at a conference with Anne Graham Lotz. 
(Never heard of him?  Check it out here.)

There was a line in one of the songs we sang that had the word ‘anthem’ in it. 
That word has been coursing through my spirit for a couple of weeks.

I looked it up and found out (no surprise to many of you) it is from the Greek, ‘antiphon’–sounding in answer, a voice in return, a hymn of praise.’

All of creation was made to ‘answer back’ to the Creator; why? I wondered.  

Thanks to this book, I’ve been stitching together the minutes I can to take a Sabbath break and ask God-directed questions like, 

“Why do the branches of everything shoot skyward?  
Why do tree limbs head up and out?”
Why are the clouds stacked up-up-up as they scud across the blue?


Why indeed?  They are ‘answering back’ to their Creator. 

May we ever do the same.
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Linking with Shelly for the Sabbath Society, 
Cheryl for True Vine Challenge 
and Sandy for Still Saturday.  
You might click on over and see the joy and beauty….

8 thoughts on “For the Weekend–Anthem

  1. Fernando Orgetga is one of my favorites. Have a few cds and just LOVE to listen to them when I'm traveling long stretches of time on the highways. My first song that hit me, back in Sept, '99, at a wedding reception was “Children of the Living God.” I was just buried in it. And then definitely learned more of him then. Good writing, singing, sharing, preaching, playing, worshiping. Very little “same as, same as”.

    Thanks, Jody.

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  2. As always, Jody, I am blessed by your observations. I'm reminded of a passage in Isaiah: “Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel” (44:23). He displays his glory in and around us, too. I want to answer back loud and clear!

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  3. What wonderful imagery of those trees answering back to their Creator. It's so fun to witness the way this book inspires your faith. Thanks for pointing me this way, glad I didn't miss it.

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  4. anthem…answering back…awesome! I love what you shared about the trees branching out and answering back to the Lord. Yes, may we ever do the same! I am going to enjoy my weekend pondering on what you shared. 🙂

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  5. What a beautiful word, “anthem”. I am always in awe of what God has created and how it answers back to Him–and thanks for sharing L.L.'s book. I have her “Rumors Of Water” but not that one. It is on my wish-list 😉 God bless you, friend. I am also a Sabbath sister.

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