Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm / My fatherland, my joy & happiness 

I’m settling into my summer home, here, in Estonia, where I’ve seen God’s word & this nation’s past, come together in my heart, mind & prayers, with the hope that God will draw this most atheistic nation back to Him for His purpose & glory.
My fatherland, my joy & happiness,
How beautiful you are! I shall not find such ever
In this huge wide world
Which would be so dear to me
As you, my fatherland!
Reading through Luke 14 & 15, the Lord begins with the importance in the cost of discipleship, in how each of us need to renounce all, so that we can be His disciples. And then takes us right into the stories of the lost sheep, the lost coin the lost son. It was a great start to renounce all, in order to equip the 1% to help them reach the 99% who don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus.
You have given me birth
And raised me up;
I shall thank you always
And remain faithful to you ’til death,
To me most beloved are you,
My precious fatherland!
A few days ago, some of our interns & I watched a documentary about Estonia, called the Singing Revolution. What began in 1869 & continues today, is a long-held tradition where thousands of Estonians gather every 5 years to sing. It was a great opportunity to learn how this nation, with a history of being occupied, never stopped singing, nor forgot where they came from, or who they are as a nation. Even throughout the USSR occupation, & beyond their independence in 1991.
One famous song presented in 1869, at the first song festival, My Fatherland, My joy & Happiness, eventually became the Estonian national anthem. As you read the last stanza of the hymn, one can only hope & pray that the people of Estonia will recognize their Heavenly Father as their true defender & provider who loves them dearly & draws them to Himself.
May God watch over you,
My precious fatherland!
Let Him be your defender
And provide bountiful blessings
For whatever you undertake,
My precious fatherland!
And, as we celebrate Father’s Day, may we celebrate the real Father, the one who created you & me. The one who provides us with ultimate joy & happiness! May we thank Him for the many blessings. And, pray that He will draw more to Himself, & in return, that they will accept Him as their Lord & Savior!