Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Chapter 13

Late last night I listened to a beautiful version of George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord performed by Billy Preston. To see an older Billy Preston playing a favourite Harrison song was most emotional. Not to mention Clapton and Harrison’s son on guitar with Paul and Ringo. Hard to describe the emotions this video made me feel, wonderful performance, well worth seeing and listening to!

At this point, I would like to express my deep appreciation to my dear friend Sandro. Every Monday, like clockwork, I send him the Monday Morning Blog full of thoughts and reflections. Shortly afterwards I am so often greeted/surprised with a perfectly fitting song, expertly chosen by Sandro. His deep understanding of music spans genres, including gospel, Negro spirituals and a host of other melodies. It’s truly remarkable!

Should we ever embark on the journey of co-authoring a book, we already have a treasure trove of songs to complement various themes and occasions. Imagine starting our book readings with a harmonious blend of prose and melody – a truly enchanting experience awaits us!

A few examples
In the rhythms of ’41, echoes the divine truth, God Told Nicodemus by Vocal Union

God told Nicodemus, God told Nicodemus
God, oh yes He did, He told Nicodemus
a man he must-a be born again

Well there was a man among the Pharisees
By the name of Nicodemus who did not believe
Same Nicodemus came to God by night
Talkin’ ’bout religion from the human sight
He brought along his silver, diamonds, and gold
Wanted to buy his way to Heaven and save his soul

Or to the Chapter 01 of 2024. Right time, right place, harmony of time and faith:
I received the fitting song by Dr. John – Right place wrong time.

I been in the right place
But it must have been the wrong time
I’d have said the right thing
But must have used the wrong line

Talking about Social Justice, Israel and such topics since October 7th 2023
we of course came past the song;

Go Down Moses by Louis Armstrong 

Go down Moses
Way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go!

Another; “Down by the Riverside”

Gonna lay down my burden
Down by the riverside (3×)
Gonna lay down my burden
Down by the riverside

What about the song about overcoming and longing for deliverance;
We Shall Overcome descended from “I’ll Overcome Some Day,” a hymn by Charles Albert Tindley.

We shall overcome, We shall overcome, We shall overcome, someday
Oh, deep in my heart, I know that I do believe, We shall overcome, someday.

Let us conclude with an old hymn by Fanny Crosby in 1873. “Blessed assurance Jesus is mine” Fanny J. Crosby, an American missionary, poet, lyricist and composer, was a prolific hymn writer who wrote more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs. Crosby was known as the “Queen of Gospel Song Writers”.

At six weeks old, Crosby caught a cold and developed an eye infection. Mustard poultices were applied, which Crosby said damaged her optic nerves and left her blind. At the age of eight, Crosby wrote her first poem describing her condition. She later said: “It seems to have been intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow, I should not accept it. According to her biographer Annie Willis, “Had it not been for her affliction, she might not have had so good an education or so great an influence, and certainly not so fine a memory.

While visiting a friend in 1873 she heard Feeby playing some music and asked Fanny what it made her think of… the words came pouring out of her mouth.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of his Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

Perfect submission, perfect delight
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love

This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long

Hebrews 10.22
So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water.

As we draw closer to God with sincere hearts and unwavering faith, may we find solace and inspiration in the timeless melodies that accompany us on this journey of life.

Philemon



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