As for me, being home alone has been productive. There’s a pot of red beans on the stove, a loaf of fresh bread cooling on the counter and all is right with the world. I’ve still got a mound of dishes to finish and a few clothes to fold, but I don’t think I can resist the urge to take my little dulcimer out on the porch for a little music practice before the sun goes down and the night chill settles over the meadow.
I’ve been learning the old hymn “At Calvary”. I have found that songs come easiest to me if I can associate the musical notes with the words of the songs. In learning this way, I have really come to appreciate the lyrics of these songs so much more. I grew up in the Baptist church. These hymns were sung repeatedly Sunday after Sunday, but I never really stopped to look closely at the messages that they were conveying … until now. “At Calvary” speaks to my heart and tells my story. It’s kind of funny; the one verse that speaks the loudest is the one that is often skipped over,
“Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything; Now I gladly own Him as my King; Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary. Mercy there was great, and grace was free; Pardon there was multiplied to me; There my burdened soul found liberty, At Calvary.”
I love the new praise and worship songs that are being adopted by the churches today. I think we all need to really seek that close personal relationship with the Lord; but I hate to see the old hymns being shoved aside. There is power in those old hymns. They talk about hardship, grief, and the sinfulness of mankind. And they talk about the power of the Blood of Jesus! The Blood of Jesus can make us new! The Blood of Jesus can change our lives! The Blood of Jesus was/is for everyone – no exception! So the next time you go to church. Get there a little early and spend a few minutes reading through the hymnbook. You just might find that the Jesus you sing adoration to is also the Jesus whose Blood is powerful enough to make your stained life clean and new again.
The sun will be setting soon. Have a great day & may the Lord bless you!