I think if you attended church on Sunday or watched the services online, you had to be moved by not only the sermon by Pastor Andy Rogers, which was so powerful about lying, but also you had to be moved by the hymn led by The Kingsmen and our choir, entitled, “I then shall live!” This happened to be one of my all-time favorite hymns, but today I was incredibly moved by how the sermon and song were so tightly woven together and impacted my life.
Andy spoke about how we all lie, regardless of our age or place in life, and I am sure there were many in the congregation who thought of many times in their lives, even as early as this morning, when they had lied. We recently had our grandchildren and had to promise some things that we could not deliver maybe to get them to eat or nap or just behave, but the fact remains we still lied. Maybe sometimes as husbands and wives, we stretch the truth or lie depending on the circumstances. I asked my husband how this particular dress looked, and he reluctantly said, “great!” I know he was stretching the truth. God is so good and I believe that He forgives us for these mistakes in our lives if we ask Him to do so.
But the words from the hymn that the choir and Kingsmen sang resonated with me and had such an impact. We take so many day-to-day happenings for granted, and if we sometimes take a moment to listen to some of the words from either the Psalms or our favorite hymns, we are reminded to hear God’s word which will guide us through tough times.
“I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven.
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child and I am not afraid.
So, greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion.
I’ve been so loved, that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds inside our bridges;
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your Kingdom come around and through in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come to me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.”
Amen and Amen and Amen! Do these words resonate in your heart? They do mine, and I am grateful!
Thank you to Suzanne Tucker and choir, The Kingsmen, Pastor Andy Rogers, and our entire clergy staff for leading us in God’s way and Glory!