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But, Mom, I don't want to sing these songs. They're so-o-o-o boring!"

It was in response to such a cry from her daughter that Natalie Sleeth Natalie Allyn Sleeth (born as Natalie Allyn Wakeley on October 29, 1930 – died March 21, 1992) was an American composer.

Sleeth was born in Evanston, Illinois. In 1934, she began to study the piano at the early age of four.
 took up the challenge of writing hymns. Sleeth grew up in a musical family where she began piano lessons at age four and later majored in music theory. She wrote many hymns and songs; in particular, hymns for children and young people (see #466 "Praise the Lord With the Sound of Trumpet," #622 "Go Now in Peace," #755 "Go Ye, Go Ye Into the World" and #761 "Who's Goin' to Tell the Story?").

The text of "In the Bulb There Is a Flower" (#674) came to her as she reflected on the contrasts in life and death, spring and winter. She planted a tulip tulip [Pers.,=turban], any plant of the large genus Tulipa, hardy, bulbous-rooted members of the family Liliaceae (lily family), indigenous to north temperate regions of the Old World from the Mediterranean to Japan and growing most abundantly on the steppes  bulb to watch it become a flower. The pairing of the words bulb and flower, song and silence, end and beginning points to continuity in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
midmost
 of seeming discontinuity dis·con·ti·nu·i·ty  
n. pl. dis·con·ti·nu·i·ties
1. Lack of continuity, logical sequence, or cohesion.

2. A break or gap.

3. Geology A surface at which seismic wave velocities change.
.

This hymn was first sung in 1985 as part of a choir festival concert but has since become a congregational song. In the midst of the January blahs or the dry, dreary times in our lives, this hymn reminds us of God's promise of new life and "at the last, a victory."

Judee Archer Green is an associate secretary, Education for Discipleship dis·ci·ple  
n.
1.
a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.

b. An active adherent, as of a movement or philosophy.

2.
, and a member of the task force to revise The Book of Praise.
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