Reflections on a Wandering Life.....

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Claire and Rose both got baptized this morning. Rose had tried to get baptized last fall, but she was refused. It's kinda tough, because they can only baptize 70 people at one time, and they only have a baptism every few months.

Special Easter choir concert at church tonight. You know, when it comes to music, it really is amazing how the songs of the gospel have an appeal that crosses the boundaries of time and culture. There are lots of different styles and types of music. One can argue all day long about which style is more "spiritual." I have my opinions about this, although I do like many different kinds of music. But the main point that I always stick to, is that whatever our tastes, we must always pursue music that is rich in the gospel.

The joy of Easter is the joy of the fulfillment of the gospel message, and that message never gets old. It is true that we need to teach and preach the whole counsel of God, but somehow, as simple as the message is, there is something in me that craves that message. I have heard it so many times, but every once in awhile, I really need to hear it again. There is no time like Easter to rehearse the old, old story.

Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun's eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

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