Music Video – I Then Shall Live

This post started out as a Lenten meditation last year (2008) and because the most popular entry on Sacred Pauses

I repeat it here in its entirety because every time I hear this song, I hear my own personal calling from God – my place as a Minister in his kingdom – particularly that highlighted last verse.

Alleluia, Amen!

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How’s your Lenten season coming along?

For those in the Christian tradition, we are in the middle of the 40 days of self-examination, prayer, (and for some, self-denial) that leads up to the Easter season.

I’m sure you hear a lot about “Giving up [ X ] for Lent.” Did you know that another part of the season is to also take on something new during the season? Self-denial by giving up something like chocolate (I personally can’t imagine) for Lent: most practitioners make it that far, but then how many also pick up? And of them, how many pick up something as difficult as giving up chocolate for 40 days?

The challenge is then to keep with that resolution, much the same as the ones that we announce and then summarily drop at New Years because they are missing a little plan and a lot of follow-through.

Only in this case you’re picking up/lying down for only a 40 day “season,” not the entire year. (That pulls away a lot of excuses about no time/too difficult/I forgot, etc.)

For six weeks in this season: can you give up something that will help others, or help yourself in your own spiritual life? And might you pick up something that will last much longer in its helpfulness than these short few weeks of Lent?

If you’re not a practitioner of this particular faith practice, consider today what you could lay aside from your life for a few weeks to help others… to help yourself. Think about what extra service to others or private spiritual practice you could pick up (try out?) for six weeks, to bring you farther along in your spiritual lifequest.

I’d love to hear how you’re doing with that.

What we are doing, each one of us as a member of the body of Christ (no exceptions and no excuses!) is to help build our part of the Kingdom of God both here and above. A “Kingdom” built simply on the love that put us all here in the first place. No battles. No Gihads. No “love the sinner/hate the sin” bs, which is nothing more than an excuse to “hate the sin and exclude the sinner.” Don’t do it: that puts your soul at great peril!

Forty days to examine what we can each do to be a part of the greater loving Kingdom, whether you are of the Christian faith or not. Whether you have a religious stripe or not. What will you do today, the next forty days, the rest of your life, to make the world a better place for all?

I’m inspired today by a lyric written by Gloria Gaither some years ago, that was recently published in a new performance video. The lyrics are sung to the hymn tune Finlandia (“Be Still My Soul”)

The final verse is my favorite and something that I use as a prayer now, even outside the musical version here: Dear God – help to build your loving Kindom through my love of others. Feed a starving world through me. (I’ve italicized that portion of the lyrics below)

Asking that the Almighty lead you to be honorable in your procession through life… It’s tough to hate and exclude when you walk behind a banner like that!

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I Then Shall Live

 

 

TEXT: Gloria Gaither, 1981

MUSIC: Jean Sibelius, 1899
TUNE: FINLANDIA
METER: 11.10.11.10.11.10.
I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, Ill forgive another;
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving, too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationships demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your kingdom come around and through and in me,
Your pow’r and glory, let them shine through me.
Your Hallowed Name O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.
 
 
 

5 thoughts on “Music Video – I Then Shall Live

  1. I love the words to Gloria’s “I Then Shall Live”!! Thank you Gloria, it seems there are many folks who have the same opinions I have. It makes me want to do more to live up to what God wants of me. I only heard it 10 days ago and spent the next week finding it. Thanks to David at “The Christian Shop” in Purcellville, I ordered it in the CD “Amazing Grace” it’s now in my cd player, computer and iPod. Thanks to you all, David and technology I’m never far from your music and encouragement.

  2. The fist time I heard this song, I was listening to the Gaither – Precious Memories program on a local TV channel. I think it really places God’s love and our responsiblilities so succinct. I looked the song up on the internet and found the publisher and purchased sufficient copies for our choir at Christ Epiccopal Church in Pottstown, PA. We have sung it several times since. One of our chior members also took to to a Cursillo gathering. It’s my favorite song. I can listen to it on the Utube any time I want to.

    Jere Bricker

  3. I had not known till yesterday that you had other lyrics to the tune Finlandia. I shall certainly try them out with my small group.
    While the words ‘Be still my soul’ commend themselves, these lyrics give an entire different concept to the tune. Thank you.

  4. Thanks so much! Since finding this song, I now hear a lot of the phrase “around and through and in us” in various prayers and many sermons.

    I like that instead of simply saying that the Kingdom of God is 360-all-around, we are reminded that the Kingdom is both IN each of us, and also passes THROUGH us every day.

    There are no “Sunday Christians” in this song, and that’s why I like it.

  5. Heard the words to this song for the first time Sat. evening, and was so moved by them that I went to my computer to look them up. Will print out and carry with me for daily prayer. Thank you and may God bless your ministry that is helping and reaching so many.

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