Devotion and Discipleship

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Passionate Prayer and An Outpouring of Gratefulness


“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (I Samuel 1:27-28a NIV). I Samuel chapter 1 tells the story of Hannah, who was devastated for lack of a child and who fervently prayed that God would grant her a son.  I recommend reading it before continuing with my thoughts below. Hannah’s impassioned plea to God for the one thing that would mean the world to her finds its echo in each of us, for we are not strangers to heartbreak, though the causes vary widely. But...

Oh, I Want to Know You More


The Apostle Paul famously wrote “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Steve Green is a Christian singer whose lyrics always speak to that same sentiment. He recorded a song decades ago, which will always be a favorite of mine.  “Oh, I Want to Know You More” (written by Steve Fry),  tugs at the heartstrings, reminding us of our deep emotional need for connection with our Creator. Oh, I want to know You more! Deep within my soul I want to know You, Oh, I want to know You. To feel Your heart and know Your mind, Looking in Your eyes stirs up...

I Shall Not Be Moved – Biblical imagery set to music


When I posted about my love of hymns, a reader shared that the old song “I Shall Not Be Moved” is a favorite of hers. I didn’t know it, so I looked it up – and I found several versions. Among so many others, I found a Johnny Cash version , a southern gospel variety in a very peppy tempo (I bet this is more common in modern churches, when it is sung at all), a similar Gaither version. and a modern black gospel version. They all have different lyrics, but the concepts are the same in all of them. I discovered that it is an old African American spiritual song, which...

Truth Has No Time-Limit


I love hymns. I know, I know.  Who actually likes hymns any more? I do, I do!  (Hand raised, jumping up and down excitedly.) It’s the words. I really, really, really like words. (just ask my mother.  Or husband.  Both of them probably wish I liked words a little less.) Seriously, though….  hymns (the good ones) teach us, about God and how He works in our lives, encourage us to be God-seekers, help us articulate our prayers, and remind us of what we should be praying for. (Good modern music does the same thing, by the way.) Excellent lyrics are moving and powerful, regardless of...

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