‘He’

Hubby wanted to visit the Trafford Centre today, so off we went on our three-hour return journey this morning after seeing to our guests. I often amuse myself during lengthy car journeys by singing to myself. It is a throwback from childhood, when Dad and I used to sing together whilst travelling on family outings. 

The weather today was rather variable, ranging from bright sunshine to dull skies and heavy rain, depending on where we were on the motorway. Thus into my mind came a song that spoke of rainbows and clouds within the context of God’s eternal love for us all. It was a song I had learnt in school many moons ago, and have always loved the words and melody, both of which touched me deeply then as a coltish 14-year old, and even more profoundly now in my later years.

As we drove along, I began to mull over the rich word pictures described in this song. I could see in my mind’s eye their physical pictorial representations which, to me, seemed to bring these lyrics to life. I hope that the photos I have chosen enrich the meaning of this song for you as much as they have for me.

‘He’ was written by Richard Mullen, with music by Jack Richards. The refrain follows after each verse.

1. He can turn the tides

And calm the angry sea.

Sunset over the Solway, off Maryport, in Cumbria. (Image by Andrew Heptinstall courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

He alone decides

Who writes a symphony.

He lights ev’ry star

That makes our darkness bright.

He keeps watch all through

Each long and lonely night.

A night sky lit up by the aurora borealis in the Lake District. (Photo by Paul Kingston, courtesy of www.northnews.co.uk/article/524.)

He still finds the time

To hear a child’s first prayer.

Gentle portrait of child praying while her dog keeps faithful company. (Photo courtesy of www.vintageprintable.com.)

Saint or sinner call

And always find Him there.

Refrain:

Though it makes him sad

To see the way we live,


He’ll always say, “I forgive.”

The saving grace of an empty cross because our Father forgives. (Photo courtesy of http://photographyfree4all.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/cross10_2.jpg.)

 2. He can grant a wish

Or make a dream come true.

He can paint the clouds

And turn the gray to blue.

A walker looks out over the Lowther Valley, where greyish white clouds part to reveal blue skies. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

He alone knows where

To find the rainbow’s end.

A vivid rainbow over gorgeous Lake District countryside, complete with Herdwick sheep. (Photo courtesy of www.wordlesstech.com.)

He alone can see

What lies beyond the bend.

He can touch a tree

And turn the leaves to gold.

Gold touches the trees at Lake Windermere. A view from The Eyrie, our single en-suite room at Blenheim Lodge Guest House.

He knows every lie

That you and I have told.

 Refrain:

Though it makes him sad

To see the way we live,


He’ll always say, “I forgive.”

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (Image courtesy of www.365promises.com/promise-photo-gallery/30-promises-for-june/5606753.)

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