Photo by Jim Fisher
There is something so sweet about hearing the sound of voices carry a tune without the accompaniment of instruments. I spent years attending a Mennonite Church, and other than the friends I made there, the worship songs, sang in acapella, are the things I miss the most.
One of my Amish friends recently sent me a songbook that has some of their favorite hymns printed in both English and Dutch. My favorite Amish Hymn to listen to is the “Lob Lied” or “Praise Song” and is number 770 in the Ausbund.
I can’t help but marvel at the beautiful sound it must make in heaven when every Amish church service across the country sings it as their second song at every service. To hear that many voices sing praise to God at the exact same time every week amazes me.
I thought you might like to see a verse in English and then in Dutch. I wish I could share with you the beautiful sound it makes when you hear it in person.
O God, Father, we exalt you,
And praise your goodness
Which you, O Lord, so graciously
Have demonstrated to us anew.
You, Lord, have brought us together
To exhort us by means of your Word.
Grant us grace to this end.
O Gott Vater, wir loben dich,
Und deine Gute preisen;
Die du, o Herr, so gnadiglich,
An uns neu hast bewiesen,
Und hast uns, Herr, zusamemen g’fuhrt,
Uns zu ermahnen durch dien Wort,
Gib uns Genad zu diesem.
Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.