Heaven

Today my thoughts are on heaven and those I love that are there…

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Abide with Me

 

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Snow in beautiful Pennsylvania, 2010

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see.
O Lord who changes not, abide with me.

I need your presence every passing hour.
What but your grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like yourself my guide and strength can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe with you at hand to bless,
though ills have weight, and tears their bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, your victory?
I triumph still, if you abide with me.

Hold now your Word before my closing eyes.
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

~Henry Francis Lyte

O Come, O Come Immanuel

O Come O Come

O come, O come, Immanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who ordered all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show
and teach us in its ways to go.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, O Branch of Jesse’s stem,
unto your own and rescue them!
From depths of hell your people save,
and give them victory o’er the grave.

O come, O Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe for us the heavenward road
and bar the way to death’s abode.

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
and turn our darkness into light.

O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

~Psalter Hymnal, John Mason Neale (translator)

I Run to Christ

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I run to Christ when chased by fear
And find a refuge sure.
“Believe in me,” His voice I hear;
His words and wounds secure.
I run to Christ when torn by grief
And find abundant peace.
“I too had tears,” He gently speaks;
Thus joy and sorrow meet.

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I run to Christ when worn by life
And find my soul refreshed.
“Come unto Me,” He calls through strife;
Fatigue gives way to rest.
I run to Christ when vexed by hell
And find a mighty arm.
“The Devil flees,” the Scriptures tell;
He roars, but cannot harm.

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I run to Christ when stalked by sin
And find a sure escape.
“Deliver me,” I cry to Him;
Temptation yields to grace.
I run to Christ when plagued by shame
And find my one defense.
“I bore God’s wrath,” He pleads my case—
My Advocate and Friend.

~Chris Anderson

Only Jesus Can Satisfy Your Soul

The world will try to satisfy that longing in your soul,

You may search the wide world over but you’ll be just as before.

You’ll never find true satisfaction until you’ve found the Lord,

For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.IMG_3422

If you could have the fame and fortune all the wealth you could obtain,

Yet you have not Christ within your living here would be in vain;

There’ll come a time when death shall call you, riches can not help you then,

So come to Jesus for He can satisfy.IMG_3464

CHORUS:

Only Jesus can satisfy your soul

And only He can change your heart

And make you whole;

He’ll give you peace you never knew

Sweet love and joy and Heaven too,

For only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

~Lanny WolfeIMG_3489

Springs of Living Water

I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame,
And nothing satisfying there I found;
But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came,
Where springs of living water did abound.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply. 

IMG_0176How sweet the living water from the hills of God,
It makes me glad and happy all the way;
Now glory, grace, and blessing mark the path I’ve trod;
I’m shouting “Hallelujah!” every day.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply.
IMG_0171Oh sinner, won’t you come today to Calvary?
A fountain there is flowing deep and wide;
The Savior now invites you to the water free,
Where thirsting spirits can be satisfied.

Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy; 
Drinking at the springs of living water, 
Oh, wonderful and bountiful supply.

IMG_0183~John W. Peterson