We’re singing this anthem in church this Sunday.

Here are the lyrics:

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task;
Rise up and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

I have read interpretations of this set of lyrics which explain why this song is now so rarely sung. “Rise up, O men” apparently makes some people think of erections. We then have the church, the metaphorical bride of Christ, weakly lying back and waiting for the men to rise up and make her great (with child, to continue the metaphor), and once you have read this interpretation it is hard to forget it.

According to the story I read, boys singing this song in England couldn’t keep from giggling, so they gave it up. I can sing it without giggling, and we sing it as “Rise Up, O Saints of God,” but it is honestly very bad poetry.

  • Exercise aerobically 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.
  • Track your eating.
  • Eat less than 300 calories of junk food per day.
  • Avoid fast food
  • Floss daily.
  • Sleep at least 7 hours a night.
  • Set daily goals, in writing.

I totally forgot my Fitbit yesterday, and I had a sweet roll, and I ate in restaurants (not fast food) twice and didn’t track those meals, so I am not quite on the right path yet.

I will keep trying.