BL…Beautiful Lord. This simple song has gained a lot of traction lately.
Back in June, I served as the Director of Worship for the Diocese of San Jose’s Summer Youth Retreat. The song was in our setlist for the week, I just didn’t know when we would sing it. Prior to teaching it and singing it the 300 or so people on retreat, a young lady came up to me with her guitar while the band and I were just singing songs in our downtime. After introducing herself, she said,
“May I ask you a question? to which I said Yes to.
“Are you the Jon Manongdo that wrote “Beautiful Lord”?
I looked at my drummer and smiled since we had just finished singing it before she entered the room. I looked at her and said,
“I don’t know. Can you play it for me on your guitar?”
She then proceeded to sing my song. My drummer and I joined in and sang with her. She told me that it was the “go-to” meditation song at her parish’s youth mass. I had no idea. She also said that it was an important part of her faith journey. I was floored.
We sang it quite a bit on retreat that week.
A few friends and I did it at an Adoration prayer service for Youth Ministers this past week along with another song of mine called Holy Are You. A youth minister present that night (who attended the Summer Retreat also) said,
“I didn’t know you wrote Beautiful Lord! That’s my jam!”
That was a blessing!
Randomly, the next day my friend showed me a picture sent to her by another friend over Snapchat. A young adult group out of Southern California was going to do my song for mass. This picture (found below) is of their worship aid.
I feel so BLessed by this song, especially when it’s sung corporately. I had no idea that it would resonate with people in the way that it has. I had no idea how embraced it would be. To me, it’s the simple and repetitive song that I like to sing in quiet meditation. It’s also the song I like to sing with my daughters.
The Holy Spirit certainly works in blessed ways, writing this song upon my heart and apparently on the hearts of many others. I thank our Beautiful Lord for such great blessings.