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One of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 7, Cantata BWV 187 — “Es wartet alles auf dish” (These all wait upon Thee) — is a celebration of God’s loving care for creation. Making use of texts from the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew, this work, which one commentator called “gentle and seductively beautiful,” is a winsome reminder to trust the One “who made us, and not we ourselves.”
In words from the cantata:
If I can only hold onto Him with childlike trust
and take with gratitude what He has considered for me,
then I shall never see myself helpless…
Here is opening chorus, about which Craig Smith opined: “The gritty and complex chorus at the beginning is one of his best and most energetic fugues, truly rousing and satisfying.”
Everything waits for You,
so that You give them food at the proper time.
When You give it to them, they gather it;
when You open Your hand,
then are they satisfied with goodness.
Next, here is a performance of the transcendent soprano aria that forms the climax of this cantata. The traditional oboe part is here played on the violin by Itzhak Perlman, and the aria is sung by the incomparable Kathleen Battle.
God takes care of every life
which draws breath here below.
Would He not give to me alone
what He has promised to all?
Worries, be gone! His faithfulness
is my one and only consideration,
and is renewed for me daily
through the many gifts of a Father’s love.