Voices: Be Thou My Vision

Yesterday we sang the version of “Be Thou My Vision.” It put me in mind of the version that Francis Hendricks sang at Gary Coleman’s funeral. Here it is (from Francis’s own notes):

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be my compassion, my love of the poor.
Break my distraction, so I can’t ignore.
The least of your children, the ones you adore.
For by them, Jesus, I worship you Lord.

Lord make us healers, of body and mind.
Give us the pow’r to bring sight to the blind,
Love to the loveless, and gladness for pain,
Filling hearts with the joy of your name.

High God of heaven, when vict’ry is won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’ns Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.