Notes Sung Sweetly Over Seas

What a blessing, to share an hour of conversation with my son, who is overseas…and to share a harmony or two.
Thank you, Lord.  

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“Mom, I’m leading worship tomorrow.  Got any ideas for songs I should share?”

“Ooooo, you know I like ‘Forever’, that’s still my favorite.
I know it’s an old one, but it speaks to me.”

“Yeah, I know, but I need songs that are well-known, not ones I’ve written.”

“Oh, okay, like  ‘How Great is our God’?
Mr. Ed lead us in that song this morning.
I love that song!”

“I like that too, but I don’t know if that’s well-known over here.”

“How about ‘Mighty To Save’?
That’s a good one, too.”

“I’m thinking more like hymns, that would be more well-known.”

“Okay, the first one that comes to mind is ‘Satisfied’,
and you know that one.”

“But that’s not one that’s familiar to many.  Something more traditional.”

“‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face…

“Yeah, more like that. But not that one.”

“Gosh, hard for me to just think of hymns right off.
And there are so many that are used in contemporary worship songs these days.
Like ‘Nothing But The Blood of Jesus’.
I think that’s in a Tomlin song, or maybe someone else.
But that’s a good one.
What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus…”

Oh, precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow.
No other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.  
That’s a good one.”

“Oooo, or how about ‘Victory in Jesus’?
There’s victory in Jesus, my Savior forever.
That song is so uplifting.
You know, that was the song we all sang at the
beginning of Mr. Philip’s service.
It was perfect!

“That’s a good one, too.  Yeah.
He sought me, and bought me, with His redeeming blood.
He loved me ‘ere I knew Him, and all my love, is due Him.
He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.

I like that one.  Okay, what else?”

“Well, wait a minute.
I’ve got a little hymn book right here.
You know, those kind that tell you the history of the songs?”

“I love those.”

“It’s like the one I gave you before you left.
I’m keeping this one here for you.
Let’s see…’Little Is Much When God Is In It’.
I don’t know that one.
And there’s ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’.”

“Not that one, ma.”

“How about that!
It was written in 1922 by a woman.
I didn’t know that!
She was 55 years old when she wrote it.
Says that when she became blind, her husband left her.
She said that when she heard a statement that deeply impressed her,
she stood still, and there was singing in  her soul and spirit. “

“That’s cool, ma.”

“The verses of the song were written within a week’s time
and in ‘their usual manner of composition,
but nonetheless dictated by the Holy Spirit.”

“Wow!  I can relate!”

“That’s so awesome.
I always liked that song, and now I just like it even more!
Anyway, what about  some song that goes
...and He walks with me, and He talks with me,
and He tells me I am His own?

“I don’t know that one, ma.”

“That was grandma Flossie’s favorite.
It’s more like a song you hear at funerals.
This one makes me think of Kristen, ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’.
Remember her singing that one at Aroma?”

“Yeah.  She’s getting married soon – it’s crazy!”

“I know!  Love them.
You should try to see them when you’re home.
Maybe on your way to Alabama.”

“I should.  Man, there’s so many places I want to go when I get home.”

“Yep, I know.
Hey, how about  the one that goes
…here I raise my Ebenezer…”

“...hither by thy help I come.
And I hope by thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home.
..”

Jesus sought me when a stranger
wandering from the fold of God…

“…He to rescue me from danger
interposed His precious blood
.”

“That’s such a good one!”

“Yeah, ‘Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing’.
I like that one, too.
I think I might use that one.”

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