Our hymn of the month for June was Come Thou Fount.
Come Thou Fount
Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise:
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home:
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wand’ring heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, Lord, take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.
We have been singing this song quite a bit over the past month. The other day in the car the baby was singing it at the top of his lungs as we were driving around. He has the tune down perfect and he has a good portion of the words down pat. However, he tends to sing “Come thou Fountain” instead of “Come Thou Fount“.
I asked the kids if anyone knew what a “fetter” was. As is typical with such a wide age range I started at the five-year old and worked my way up. The five-year old had no problem answering.
“It is a leaf-like thing that is on birds. They are for tickling.”
Needless to say there was a lot of hooting and hollering about his answer.
The next two had no clue. But the 15-year old and the 18-year old did know the answer.
So what fetter’s you?
Do you know what a fetter is?
- A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet.
- Something that serves to restrict; a restraint.
Similar to hobbles on a horse or shackles on prisoners.