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Hymnal Selection #3

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Continuing my series of blogs, this is the third song selection in the list of hymnals picked out by my late husband. The list has been found 17 years later and I am taking the message as a relevant word from the grave...... 

Just a Closer Walk With thee
I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Refrain: Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it, Jesus, is my plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Verse 2  Thro' this world of toil and snares, If I falter, Lord, who cares? Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]
Verse 3 When my feeble life is o'er, Time for me will be no more; Guide me gently, safely o'er To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. 

Song Number 2: The Family of God

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As in the previous post, I am continuing the song messages from my deceased husband. It is 17 years later and I discovered an old scrap of paper in a hymnal that he had selected songs for a church service when he served as Minister of Music at a Southern Baptist Church in Mississippi.The first song was Where Do I GO....the second is,The Family of God


Written By......Gloria and William J. Gaither


I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God,
I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I'm part of the family,
The Family of God.

You will notice we say "brother and sister" 'round here,
It's because we're a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God,
I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I'm…

Speaking from the Grave

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Many of you know of my late husband, a music minister, who picked out many a hymnal lineup for our services. As I was looking for Andrae Crouch songs with his recent passing, I discovered this small hidden note of songs Norman was selecting for a service. Many relate to Heaven, leaving this earth in which he did on Jan. 5, 1998 at the age of 41. So, let's hear what could be Norman's last message to us from the heartfelt choices of song selection he used to minister to his people. Maybe he wanted to tell me something? Or you? Or maybe, I just like thinking that he lived these words, and was very happy to go home.  Either way, its a comfort and who doesn't need a little reminder. My next series of posts, will be those songs that he has left for us and in a way, his last music director act on this earth. Wow, I can almost hear him singing this in his Vince Gill voice while strumming a guitar..... The first song on the list:


Where Could I Go but to the Lord J.B. Coats Living below …

The Day the Music Died

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Does anyone really wake up with the thought that today may be the day they die? Saying goodbye to your loved one seems so trivial until you look back and realize it was the last goodbye.  Then, it becomes a moment stuck in your memory that had so much importance… but you did not see it coming. You relive all those last days over and over again, savoring the countdown remembrance until the last glimpse. At 34 years old, with two sons, six and ten years old, I faced the toughest challenge of my life and upheld a family tradition of becoming a young widow. Both my grandmothers and my aunt lost their husbands prematurely, two from car accidents and one from cancer. I never dreamed I too would continue the custom. Norman was my husband for 16 and a half years, whom I married at a young and naive 18 years old. Almost immediately, we traveled the world in a Contemporary Christian singing group called Sound of Joy. We were full time Christian singers on tour in a greyhound bus, performing in 26…