Joie (hymnia) wrote,

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Easter medley

All right, reading the comments on lilac_bearry's last entry, I have calmed down enough to recall a few things from the lost Easter medley.

First, springdove opened it with “Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today,” apparently a favorite Easter hymn for many. She also had some Easter thoughts and a few other songs. Dave McN added a few contemporary songs, some that I hadn’t heard of before. I think he had a Jars of Clay song on there, but I can’t thing which one it would have been. I think sarynx or someone else may have contributed also. I can’t remember.

As for my contribution, I believe I started by talking about how powerful I find the Easter-analogous scene in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and I quoted some of that. I don’t have that on hand ATM, but I’m sure most of you have read it.

And here are some excerpts from my favorite Easter songs:

“Not a word was heard at the tomb that day,
Just shuffling of soldiers feet as they guarded the grave.
One day, two days, three days had passed.
Could it be that Jesus had breathed his last?

Could it be that his Father had forsaken him?
Turned his back on his son, despising our sin?
Hell seemed to whisper, "Just forget it, He's dead."
Then the Father looked down on his son and said:

Arise, My love.
Arise, My love.
The grave no longer has a hold on you
No more death’s sting
No more suffering love.

The Earth trembled and the tomb began to shake,
And like lightening from Heaven, the stone was rolled away.
Like dead men the guards all stood there in fright
As the power of love displayed its might.
And suddenly a melody filled the air,
Riding wings of wind, it was everywhere.
The words all creation had been longing to hear,
The sweet sound of victory, so loud and clear.”

~ “Arise, My Love”

“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”

~ “The Hymn of Promise”

“The Hymn of Promise” always reminds me of this story.

“God sent His Son - they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy it gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:
This child can face uncertain days because Christ lives.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives.”

~ “Because He Lives”

OK, now I feel better. Happy Easter to everyone!

Tags: resurrection day

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