HEAVEN IS A WONDROUS PLACE

By July Lee Jenkins

Grief is a real journey after you lose a loved one.  There are many different stages and there is no set time to get over this tremendous hurt.  Just when you think you may be doing a little better, you feel an ambush attack.  The slightest event can trigger something familiar that you enjoyed with your loved one and bring back sweet memories that are never to come again; you feel that overwhelming feeling of pain.

Even though you have faith in the giver of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, you still realize that you have to endure a season of time on earth without your loved one. So you set your mind on things above, on Jesus and the beautiful Heaven he has prepared for all those who love Him.  You remind yourself that those who believe in Jesus and love Him, will one day reunite with all of our loved ones in Christ who went on before.

Out of my own grief for the loss of my husband 4 months ago, came this song.

ON THE 3RD OF MAY IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR,
MY HUSBAND PASSED, MY SWEETHEART SO DEAR,
AND THOUGH MY HEART GRIEVES TO BE HERE ALL ALONE,
I REJOICE HE’S WITH JESUS IN HIS HEAVENLY HOME.

OH HOW I MISS HIM, MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY,
TEARS ARE MY COMPANION MOST EVERYDAY,
SO GREAT A LOSS SINCE HE DEPARTED FROM ME,
BUT I KNOW HE’S WITH JESUS FOR ETERNITY.

CHORUS

HEAVEN IS A WONDROUS PLACE,
WHERE WE BEHOLD JESUS GLORIOUS FACE,
NO MORE PAIN, SUFFERING, CONTENTION OR STRIFE,
FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE JESUS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

2ND VERSE

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE JESUS AND HIS LOVING FACE,
TO REUNITE WITH MY HUSBAND IN THAT BEAUTIFUL PLACE, (and all my loved ones)
IT’S A GIFT FREELY GIVEN TO EACH OF US,
IF WE BELIEVE IN JESUS AND IN HIM PUT OUR TRUST.

OH HOW I MISS HIM, MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY,
TEARS ARE MY COMPANION MOST EVERYDAY,
SO GREAT A LOSS SINCE HE DEPARTED FROM ME,
BUT I KNOW HE’S IN HEAVEN FOR ETERNITY.

CHORUS

HEAVEN IS A WONDROUS PLACE,
WHERE WE BEHOLD JESUS GLORIOUS FACE,
NO MORE PAIN, SUFFERING, CONTENTION OR STRIFE,
FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE JESUS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

Repeat Chorus

 

 

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A WIDOW’S LAST WORDS TO HER HUSBAND IN A PRAYER

By Judy Lee Jenkins

I SOUGHT TO SAVE YOU,
HOW HARD I TRIED,
BUT DARLIN’ YOU WERE TOO SICK AND LET GO AND DIED!!
LIKE A FOUNTAIN FLOWED MY TEARS THAT NIGHT,
WHEN YOU DEPARTED WITH THE ANGELS ON YOUR GLORIOUSLY HEAVENLY FLIGHT.

MY LIFE SEEMS SO EMPTY NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE,
YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED, FOR YOU HOW I LONG,
OH HEAL MY HEART LORD, IT JUST WON’T MEND,
IT’S ACHING AND BREAKING, FOR MY SWEETHEART, SOUL MATE, AND FRIEND.

TEARS SOAK MY PILLOW, CAN’T SEEM TO SLEEP,
AS SWEET MEMORIES OF YOU, DARLIN’ CAUSE ME TO TOSS AND WEEP,
OH LORD WEAVE TOGETHER MY BROKEN HEART,
NOW MY DARLIN’S WITH YOU; WE SEEM SO FAR APART.

GIVE ME THE STRENGTH, LORD, THAT I CAN GO ON,
AND MY FAITH IN YOU REMAINS FOREVER STRONG,
GUIDE ALL MY FOOTSTEPS EVERY SINGLE DAY,
FOR YOU ARE THE LIGHT, LORD, YOU’RE THE TRUTH AND THE WAY.

Narration:
I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT FATEFUL NIGHT WHEN I HEARD YOU CRY FOR HELP AND THEN FOUND YOU SLUMPED OVER THE KITCHEN TABLE.  I SPED AWAY WITH YOU IN THE AMBULANCE AND STAYED WITH YOU THOSE FIRST 2 NIGHTS IN THE HOSPITAL IN INTENSIVE CARE.  ON THE 3RD DAY THE DOCTORS SENT YOU HOME TO DIE BECAUSE OF A MASSIVE STROKE WHICH LEFT A HUGE HOLE IN YOUR HEART BUT MY OWN HEART WAS SHATTERED FROM THE DEVASTATING NEWS!!  I HAD ONLY 17 MORE PRECIOUS DAYS WITH YOU BEFORE YOUR LAST FLIGHT.  THOUGH YOU WERE A SKILLED PILOT, THIS TIME YOU FLEW WITH ANGELS TO YOUR NEW BEAUTIFUL HEAVENLY HOME.

FILL IN MY EMPTINESS, WITH YOUR SPIRIT ABOVE,
ASSURE ME THAT I’M NOT FORSAKEN WITH YOUR WONDROUS LOVE,
FILL ME WITH JOY, LORD, WIPE AWAY ALL MY TEARS,
HELP ME LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AS DAYS TURN INTO YEARS.

LET ME LIVE, LORD, MY LAST DAYS FOR YOU,
GLORIFY YOU IN ALL I SAY AND DO,
THEN LIKE MY HUSBAND, I’LL TOO LET GO AND DIE,
EMBRACE HIM AGAIN IN YOUR MOST HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL SKY. (repeat last verse)

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JESUS MY LORD AND KING

By Judy Lee Jenkins

While composing this song, my husband, Darol became gravely ill.  I was not able to work on it for a while due to my tending to his needs.  During his illness he suffered 2 stokes, the first one occurred on the 13th of March, but 34 days later, on the 16th of April, Easter Sunday, he suffered a massive 2nd stroke. After 2 nights in the hospital in intensive care, the doctor sent him home under hospice care to receive comfort before he died.  He lived only 17 more days.

During the time that he was home under hospice care, I refused to play the piano and did my best to tend to all his needs along with the hospice workers.  Though I had no desire at that time to play my piano, some family members encouraged me to play my music for my husband to help comfort him.  That was when I finished this song though I was not able to put my voice to it.  This instrumental music was later used as background music for his history in pictures at his service.

My husband took his departure flight (once was a pilot) at 11.20 Wed. night, May 3rd and met our wondrous Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and now in heaven with HIM and the angels.  With great emotion I played my heart out for both my husband and our Lord.  Though instrumental, these are the words that I previously wrote for this music.  The words are as follows:

JESUS IS MY LORD AND MY KING,
JOYFUL PRAISES TO HIM I SING,
ETERNALLY REIGNS FROM THE HEAVENS ABOVE,
SO GENEROUS WITH HIS WONDROUS LOVE.

IN HIM IS LIFE, HE’S THE TRUTH AND THE WAY,
HIS GLORIOUS LIGHT TO GUIDE US EACH DAY,
HIS PIERCED HANDS FOREVER TESTIFY,
THAT FOR US HE WAS WILLING TO DIE.

CHORUS

JESUS IS OUR ALL AND ALL,
WITH WONDROUS LOVE, HE SAVED US FROM THE FALL!!
SALVATION COMES TO ALL OF US,
IF IN HIM WE BELIEVE AND PUT OUR TRUST.

 

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

By Judy Lee Jenkins

One day I was on FB and saw a video of a strong sturdy lighthouse in the midst of a storm.  It stood tall with great strength as the waves crashed against it never to falter.  My first thoughts were that I needed to be strong like that lighthouse when going through the storms of life which come to all of us. However, then it hit me that the lighthouse was not me!!  The lighthouse is our Lord!!  We can’t get through these storms without his strength and power and most of all HIS beautiful radiance and light for our guidance.

These past few months I have been going through another life storm which has not passed over yet.  Some days I feel sucked up into the whirlwind but I never keep my eyes off of my lighthouse, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is my strength.  I am reminded of Phil. 4:13 that says ” I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH”.  Out of those thoughts I wrote the following song:

IN THE MIDST OF A STORM, THE LIGHTHOUSE STANDS TALL,
AS THE WAVES CRASH ABOUT IT NOT TO FALTER AT ALL,
A PILLAR OF STRENGTH STANDING FIRM DAY AND NIGHT,
TO GUIDE SHIPS THROUGH THE STORM AND DARKNESS OF NIGHT.

I TOO HAVE A LIGHTHOUSE THAT STANDS STRONG AND TALL,
NEVER TO WAVER OR FALTER AT ALL,
HIS NAME IS JESUS, MY LORD, ROCK AND LIGHT,
WHO PIERCES THOUGH THE DARKNESS WITH A RADIANCE SO BRIGHT.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

ROMANS 5:3-5 “WE REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE, PERSEVERANCE , CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE.  AND HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US….”

PSALMS 119:71 “IT IS GOOD FOR ME TO BE AFFLICTED THAT I MIGHT LEARN YOUR DEGREES.”

CHORUS

WHEN LIFE’S STORMS COME CRASHING ALL AROUND ME,
I TURN TO MY LIGHTHOUSE OF MY PERSONAL SEA,
HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO GUIDE ME AND SEE ME THROUGH,AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL HE EXPECTS ME TO.

LAST VERSE

JESUS IS MY LIGHTHOUSE, TO SHOW ME THE WAY,
THROUGH EVERY DARK AND STORMY DAY.
NEVER TO FORSAKE ME, HE’S MY BEACON OF LIGHT,
WHOSE GLORY AND RADIANCE SHINE EVER SO BRIGHT!!

CHORUS

WHEN LIFE’S STORMS COME CRASHING ALL AROUND ME,
I TURN TO MY LIGHTHOUSE OF MY PERSONAL SEA,
HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO GUIDE ME AND SEE ME THROUGH,
AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL HE EXPECTS ME TO.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

2ND COR. 1-7 “AND OUR HOPE OF YOU IS STEADFAST, KNOWING, THAT AS YE ARE PARTAKERS OF THE SUFFERINGS, SO SHALL YE BE ALSO OF THE CONSOLATION.”

EPH. 3-13 “WHEREFORE I DESIRE THAT YE FAINT NOT AT MY TRIBULATIONS FOR YOU, WHICH IS YOUR GLORY.”

CHORUS

WHEN LIFE’S STORMS COME CRASHING ALL AROUND ME,
I TURN TO MY LIGHTHOUSE OF MY PERSONAL SEA,
HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO GUIDE ME AND SEE ME THROUGH,
AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL HE EXPECTS ME TO.

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PASSPORT TO HEAVEN

By Judy Lee Jenkins

The words of Jesus declare what is necessary for our entrance to heaven.  Notice he didn’t list page after page of do’s and don’ts but a simple phrase “we must be born again.” He went a step further and said that we can’t even SEE heaven without this one requirement.  What did Jesus mean?  Even Nicodemus, the Pharisee that admired Jesus didn’t understand and asked Jesus how could anyone possibly go back into the womb again.  However, Jesus wasn’t speaking of another physical birth.  He was speaking of a spiritual rebirth with God and regeneration of the soul.  That only comes when we encounter Jesus and invite HIM into our lives to take control and make us into “new creatures,” with Jesus in complete control of our lives.  Only when Jesus is in complete control of our lives are we able to do anything at all for HIM and HIS glory.

The New Testament has many beautiful stories of those who were never the same after their encounter with Jesus.  Such was the woman at the well who was living in one broken relationship after another with men.  Her life was completely immoral and Jesus knew everything about her when he asked her for a drink of water from the well where she was filling her jars.   During their conversation he invited her to seek the water that would satisfy her forever where she would never thirst again.  He invited her to find out about the LIVING WATER which is Jesus HIMSELF.  She knew that she wanted that LIVING WATER in her life and no doubt became born again with her encounter with Jesus.  She was so elated that she threw down her water pots to tell all the villagers what had just happened to her.

Remember the little guy Zacchaeus?  He was the little obnoxious tax collector that cheated people and kept some of the money for himself.  One day Jesus was coming in his and so he climbed up into the sycamore tree because he wanted to see Jesus.  Jesus knew he was there and called him down and told him that he was coming to his house.  His encounter that day with Jesus changed his entire life.  He restored every dollar he took plus more.  He was a “new creature” in Christ.

Another example is the Apostle Paul.  Before his encounter with Jesus he was out persecuting and killing Christians actually thinking that he was right in what he was doing and that it was for God.  Then he met Jesus on the road to Damascus.  He never was the same after that.  He was a “new creature” in Christ and his name was changed from Saul to Paul.  From that moment on he became one of the greatest apostles, wrote most of the New Testament and suffered many things for Christ, even his death.

So how do we become born again?  How do we personally have an encounter with Jesus?  The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 10:9-13.  It is an invitation to invite Jesus into your lives and follow HIM.  Once you have an encounter with the Lord, you will never want to return to being a worm crawling on the ground again.  You will want to become the butterfly and turn your life over to HIM.   Realizing the importance of the words of Jesus, I wrote and composed the following song:

JESUS CLEARLY TAUGHT WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN,
YET WE TEND TO MINIMIZE WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN,
BUT OUR ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN REQUIRES A 2ND BIRTH,
BEFORE WE DIE WHEN OUR SOULS LEAVE THIS EARTH.

CHORUS

‘CAUSE IF BORN TWICE THAN WE DIE ONCE,
BUT BORN ONLY ONCE THEN WE DIE TWICE,
LOSING HEAVEN WILL BE A TREMENDOUS PRICE,
IF WE’RE BORN ONCE INSTEAD OF TWICE.

2ND VERSE

THE FIRST BIRTH IS PHYSICAL FROM THE WOMB OF OUR MOTHER’S LOVE,
THE 2ND BIRTH, SPIRITUAL FROM GOD’S LOVING SPIRIT UP ABOVE  (a total
regeneration-turning away from sin-Angels rejoice when they can write our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life because we have come to Jesus and received that life from HIM)
THE FIRST DEATH OCCURS WHEN LIFE TAKES IT TOLL,
BUT A 2ND DEATH MEANS ETERNAL DEATH OF THE SOUL (forever separation from God-only those who are spiritually dead will be at the Great White Throne Judgement-never came to Jesus for life)

BUT IF WE’RE BORN TWICE WHEN OUR TIME COMES TO DIE,
A WONDROUS TRANSFORMATION OCCURS LIKE THE BUTTERFLY,
NO LONGER ARE WE LIKE THE CATERPILLAR CRAWLING ON THE GROUND,
BUT A BEAUTIFUL ETERNAL SOUL NOW HEAVEN BOUND.

INTERLUDE

WE MUST COME TO JESUS TO RECEIVE OUR 2ND BIRTH,
OUR PASSPORT TO HEAVEN WHEN WE LEAVE THIS EARTH,
FOR WE CANNOT ENTER HEAVEN OR IT’S BEAUTY SEE,
UNLESS WE’RE BORN AGAIN WITH CHRIST FOR ALL ETERNITY.

CHORUS

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HIDE YOUR WORD IN MY HEART

By Judy Lee Jenkins

There are road maps and now GPS for a reason!!  Without direction, we could easily get lost.  Wow modern technology sure has helped us find our way around so much better!!  We would hate to rely on our own intuition because often times we just would find ourselves on the wrong road, or path to where we are trying to get.

I feel that God left us HIS life road map.  This is called the Bible or often repeated so many times in the scriptures as THE WORD.  Jesus is often referred to as THE LIVING WORD.  He has always been the Word, and only in HIM can we find TRUTH and LIGHT.  There are so many scriptures that refer to Jesus as such.

Without HIS guidance in HIS holy word, we would never find our way to eternal life.  It is so important that we make a habit to read HIS word every day both in the Old Testament and New Testament.

The Old Testament is a big picture book of coming attractions all leading to Jesus and HE speaks in both testaments.  His word is truth and eternal.  King David had such a heart for God that the Psalms are his poetic prayers to him, so beautifully written and so full of much inspiration.  We could learn so much by reading the Psalms and how we should pray and honor God and hold HIM in ultimate esteem.

In Psalms 119:11, David says: “I HAVE HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART, THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU.”  Just how do we do that?  I believe we do that by constantly reading the scriptures everyday and even memorizing them.  Once I committed the entire book of Philippians to memory and found that it wasn’t that hard if I really had the heart to do it which I did.  I got so excited about memorizing that book that I planned to go next to the book of Galatians and keep moving.  However, the sad part is that over time, I forgot it except for key passages.

I would have to commit it to memory again but whenever someone quotes from that book, I know which book.  I want so much for God’s word to be hidden in my heart.  So I must read the scriptures often or everyday so I won’t forget.  Pondering all this, I wrote the following song:

HIDE YOUR WORD IN MY HEART LORD,
KEEP ME CLOSE THAT I NOT STRAY,
LET ME FEEL YOUR PRESENCE,
EACH MOMENT OF EVERY DAY.
WITHOUT YOUR WORD, I’M LOST,
YOU FEED MY HUNGRY SOUL,
IN TIMES OF DEEP DISTRESS,
MY HEART YOU CONSOLE.-repeat

THOSE SPECIAL TIMES ALONE,
WHEN I READ YOUR WORD AND MEDITATE,
I REFLECT UPON MY LIFE, LORD,
AS I PAUSE AND CONTEMPLATE,
I WANT YOUR HOLY WORD,
TO BECOME A PART OF ME,
SO EVERYTHING I DO AND SAY,
WILL BE FOR YOUR GLORY-repeat

CHORUS

LIKE SILVER REFINED IN THE FURNACE OF CLAY, ( Psalms 12:6)
YOUR WORD IS FLAWLESS AND WON’T PASS AWAY,
SHARPER THAN A DOUBLE EDGE SWORD,
IS THE POWER OF YOUR WORD OF LORD ( divides spirit, soul and marrow-Hebrews 4:12)

JESUS YOU’RE THE LIVING WORD,
SENT TO DWELL HERE ON THE EARTH,
APPOINTED IN THE HEAVENS,
LONG BEFORE YOUR BIRTH.
YOUR WONDROUS WORDS RECORDED
BY PROPHETS OF OLD,
SO THAT YOUR GLORIOUS MESSAGE,
FOREVER IS RETOLD.-repeat

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD, LORD,
TO GUIDE MY LIFE EACH DAY,
FOREVER STANDS IN HEAVEN,
NEVER TO PASS AWAY,
YOUR WORD IS PRECIOUS TRUTH,
THAT I LOVE TO HEAR,
AND WHEN I READ YOUR WORD,
I FEEL YOUR PRESENCE NEAR!!–repeat

CHORUS

REPEAT OF LAST VERSE

 

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BEARING OTHERS’ BURDENS

By Judy Lee Jenkins
helping_others

February is the month we think of love, whether it be romantic or the love and care of our families and friends.  Sometimes the holidays are the hardest of all for people who feel all alone and feel no one at all cares or loves them.  We should remember to reach out to those who are alone and going through hardships and trials and let them know that God loves them and cares for them.  Out of those thoughts came this song because of the concern that I feel for those who are suffering.

THERE ARE MANY IN THE WORLD THAT ARE HURTING,
ALONE IN DEEP PAIN AND DESPAIR,
AND OFTEN THEY FEEL NOBODY LOVES THEM,
OR THAT ANYONE SEEMS TO CARE.

LET’S HELP THEM BEAR ALL THEIR SORROWS,
NOT LET THEM FEEL ALL ALONE,
IN PRAYER REMEMBER THEIR NEEDS AND SUFFERINGS,
AND BRING THEM BEFORE OUR FATHER’S THRONE.

CHORUS

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND,
OTHERS’ BURDENS ARE ALSO OUR OWN,
LET’S FIND JOY IN HELPING EACH OTHER,
NO ONE SHOULD SUFFER ALONE.

LET’S BRING THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL,
AND ITS GLORIOUS MESSAGE SHARE,
SUCH COMFORTING NEWS HELPS THE HURTING,
BRINGS JOY TO KNOW THAT GOD CARES.

JESUS DIED FOR THE SINNER,
THE HURTING AND DOWN TRODDEN TOO,
HE KNOWS ALL YOUR PAIN AND SUFFERING,
AND EXTENDS HIS LOVING HAND TO YOU.

(HE’LL SEE YOU THROUGH-HE’LL SEE YOU THROUGH,
BECAUSE JESUS DIED AND SUFFERED FOR YOU!!)

CHORUS

REPEAT LAST TWO VERSES

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

By Judy Lee Jenkins
HNY_2

If you are like me, I wondered if we would ever get through the election and make it to 2017 but here we are!!  I think we have so much to be thankful for at the beginning of this New Year.  I have hope for the first time in a long time that America will turn back to God and make America great again!!!!  In order for that to happen spiritual light must replace darkness!!  I pray for America to put their faith and trust in God once again and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  I believe that light will dispense the darkness and that comes through prayer and trust in HE who is our creator.  So this new song came out of a happy heart mixed with an old familiar New’s Year’s traditional song we all know and love.  The words are as follows:

TIME TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON,
A NEW YEAR HAS BEGUN!!
LET’S HOPE THIS NEW YEAR’S PROSPEROUS
AND FULL OF JOY AND FUN!!
LET’S RENEW OLD ACQUAINTANCES
AND MAKE A NEW FRIEND OR TWO,
AS WE LIST OUR RESOLUTIONS OF THINGS
WE HOPE TO DO.

TIME IS GETTING SHORTER
WITH EVERY PASSING DAY,
SO LET’S NOT MISS OPPORTUNITIES
THAT MAY COME OUR WAY,
LET’S CHERISH THE GOOD TIMES
WHILE WE STILL CAN,
BEFORE OUR LIFE’S HOUR GLASS
RUNS COMPLETELY OUT OF SAND.

CHORUS

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE,
WISHING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS,
AND MUCH PROSPERITY TOO!!

2ND VERSE

AS WE START OVER AGAIN
TO BEGIN OUR LIVES ANEW,
LET’S SET GOALS EVEN HIGHER
OF THINGS WE WISH TO DO,
LET’S PUT JESUS FAR ABOVE
ALL OUR LIST OF THINGS,
AND IF WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED HIM YET
MAKE HIM OUR LORD AND OUR KING!!

CHORUS

LET’S BE THANKFUL WE’RE STILL HERE,
TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY,
AS WE SEND THE OLD YEAR OUT THE DOOR,
SWIFTLY ON ITS WAY!!

INSERT–AULD LANG SYNE

SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT,
AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND,
SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT
AND AULD LANG SYNE,
FOR AULD LANG SYNE MY DEAR,
FOR AULD LANG SYNE,
WE’LL TAKE A CUP OF KINDNESS YET
FOR AULD LANG SYNE.

CHORUS-ENDING

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE,
WISHING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS
AND MUCH PROSPERITY TOO!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW YEAR
AND MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!!

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THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

By Judy Lee Jenkins
pearl

One day I was listening to Christian radio and I heard a marvelous sermon on the significance of the pearl.  It is a beautiful gem that is made naturally without the aid of man but by the lowly little oyster in the sea.  The oyster is not a beautiful creature to look at on the outside but inside he creates a most beautiful and magnificent gem. And of all things he creates it out of an irritant like sand that gets into his shell.  Instead of expelling the irritant he expels a substance which covers the irritant and in time makes this beautiful gem.  The longer the gem stays inside the oyster, the more beautiful and valuable it becomes.  It takes a while for the gem to be formed by the covering that the oyster gives it. The sad part is that the oyster has to die in order for man to obtain this gem and cut it out of the oyster.

The speaker then used this as an illustration that God gave us.  They oysters demonstrates several things.  When we get irritated, would we think of turning our irritations into something good and beautiful as the oyster does?  Most of the time we would just complain and be frustrated but not the oyster.  The best illustration however, is the one on God’s redemption for us.  We are the irritants to God because of our sin, but God like the oyster does not expel us because of his wondrous love!!.  Instead he covers us with his son (removes the sin) and turns us into beautiful pearls by conforming us to the image of his dear son.  The longer we are molded by God, the more valuable and beautiful we become to work in HIS kingdom.  However, in order for us to become pearls to HIM, Jesus had to die to remove our sin.

Unlike the diamond, the pearl is perfect in itself.  The diamond becomes valuable with the aid of man in the way it is cut.  The pearl however, is a complete and finished work of art made by the oyster.  Nothing man can do will add to the value of the pearl.  The oyster completed everything it needed to have for value and beauty without any thing added Likewise man cannot add any value to Jesus finished and complete work on the cross. The oyster did all the work for the pearl and likewise God achieved this work for us.  He asked us only to receive this gift.  When we do, he changes us into something beautiful like the pearl.

Jesus told the parable of THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.  He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like the merchant who sold everything he had to obtain this one beautiful valuable pearl.  How wonderful it is that God speaks to us in pictures about eternal life.  It is indeed the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE paid for by Jesus who claimed it for us when he died on the cross for us. It is up to us whether we will accept this gift Jesus gave to us (eternal life) when he claimed this pearl.(our redemption)  After listening to this sermon, I will never think of the pearl in the same way again.  I realize now the true meaning behind how it is formed. I was elated after hearing this sermon!! Thinking on these things I wrote the following song:

THE LOWLY LITTLE OYSTER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA,
IS A PICTURE OF OUR REDEMPTION GOD SHOWS YOU AND ME.
WHEN AN IRRITANT SEEPS IN HIS SHELL LIKE SAND DOES IN OUR SHOE,
THE OYSTER DOESN’T EXPEL IT LIKE WE WOULD TRY TO DO.

INSTEAD HE EXPELS A SUBSTANCE WHICH AROUND THE IRRITANT SWIRLS,
AND WITH THE OYSTER’S COVERING THE IRRITANT BECOMES A PEARL!!
WITHOUT THE LIFE OF THE OYSTER, THE PEARL WOULD NEVER FORM,
INTO A PRECIOUS GEM, OR A LADY’S NECK TO ADORN.

THE PEARL HAS BEAUTY IN ITSELF NOT TOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS,
GENTLY MOLDED FROM THE OYSTER WITH EVERY GRAIN OF SAND.
BUT THE OYSTER HAS TO DIE TO GIVE HIS GIFT WITHIN,
AS JESUS HAD TO DIE FOR HIS GIFT TO US, OUR REDEMPTION OF SIN.

ARE WE NOT ALL IRRITANTS TO OUR HOLY GOD ABOVE?
AND YET HE DOES NOT EXPEL US BECAUSE OF HIS MOST WONDROUS LOVE!!
INSTEAD HE COVERS US WITH JESUS TO REMOVE ALL GUILT AND SIN,
SO AT THE GATES OF PEARLS (heavenly gates) GOD SAYS, BECAUSE YOU RECEIVED MY SON, YOU MAY ENTER IN.

CHORUS

GOD TURNS IRRITANTS INTO PEARLS,
LIKE THE SIN IN YOU AND ME,
THEN CONFORMS US TO THE IMAGE OF HIS DEAR SON,
HIS GLORY ONE DAY WE WILL SEE.

JESUS TOLD THE STORY OF THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
THE MERCHANT SOLD ALL HE HAD FOR IT WITHOUT THINKING TWICE,
IF WE COULD POSSESS SUCH A PEARL, HOW MUCH WOULD WE GIVE,
WOULD WE BE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE FOR IT THAT JESUS DID?

JESUS LEFT HIS THRONE ABOVE TO CLAIM THIS PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
AND HE PAID FOR IT IN FULL WITH HIS LOVING SACRIFICE,
THOUGH THIS GIFT IS FREE TO US, IT CAME AT A GREAT COST,
IT COST JESUS EVERYTHING, HIS VERY LIFE, WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS

INTERLUDE

OUR GIFT OF REDEMPTION
IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
THOUGH THIS GIFT IS FREE TO US,
JESUS PAID FOR IT WITH HIS LIFE.

CHORUS

GOD TURNS IRRITANTS INTO PEARLS,
LIKE THE SIN IN YOU AND ME,
THEN CONFORMS US TO THE IMAGE OF HIS DEAR SON,
HIS GLORY ONE DAY WE WILL SEE.

ARE WE NOT ALL IRRITANTS TO OUR HOLY GOD ABOVE?
BUT HE DOES NOT EXPEL US BECAUSE OF HIS WONDROUS LOVE,
HE COVERS US WITH JESUS TO REMOVE ALL GUILT AND SIN,SO AT THE GATES OF PEARLS GOD SAYS, BECAUSE YOU RECEIVED MY SON, YOU MAY ENTER IN!!

OUR GIFT OF REDEMPTION
IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
THOUGH THIS GIFT IS FREE TO US,
JESUS PAID FOR IT WITH HIS LIFE!!

ENDING

HE LOVED US SO MUCH HE WAS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE,
SO JESUS PAID WITH HIS LIFE!!
SPEAK–THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOU UNSPEAKABLE GIFT, OUR PEARL OF GREAT PRICE!! (Eternal life)

My thoughts are reiterated by this christian Jeweler:

The PEARL

As a jeweler by trade I’m always interested in the gemstones listed in the scriptures. As I was meditating on ‘Matt 13’ and the parable of the ‘pearl of great price’ I began to think of our Lord. Why did He come to claim a pearl? Why not a diamond?

‘Matt 13:45’ “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls.” ‘Matt 13:46’ “When he found one pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.”

In the parable of the merchant, we see that he sold all he had and bought the single pearl. It speaks to us of the tremendous price the Lord paid for our redemption. The God of glory, the King of Kings & Lord of Lords left the splendor of Heaven to claim a pearl, and gained the pearl through paying the price that was far more than any here could pay.

As a jeweler I would question the choice the Lord made choosing to leave the Father’s side for a pearl instead of what we would think of as having greater significance, the girl’s best friend, the much coveted diamond. You probably know that the diamond is graded in ‘value’ according to the 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity & Carat-weight. The answer to my pondering was right there! The diamond receives a substantial portion of it’s value from the way a person cuts it. The work of man’s hand! The only natural gemstone that has more value when it is found than when men finish with it is the PEARL. Like the pearl, men can add nothing to the value of out salvation, through Jesus Christ.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves — it is the gift of God — ‘Eph 2:9’ Not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The pearl is formed when a foreign object somehow enters the inside of the oyster, and instead of ejecting the object or irritant out, as most humans would try to do, the object is covered by the oyster with layer upon layer of a substance secreted from it’s own body. The object that came into the life of the oyster as an irritant, instead of being cast out is turned into something lovely within the oyster. “We are all an irritant (through our sin) to God, but he accepts us, in spite of our sin. He covers our sin and brings us into His Holy kingdom.

Think about other details of the pearl. The longer the pearl stays in the oyster the more valuable it becomes. Isn’t that the character of our God? When He found us we were nothing more than an irritation to Him, but by God’s grace, we can be of some value to His Kingdom! God is using our time now to conform us into a beautiful image of His dear Son. The pearl is formed in a Living Object! No dead rock is the pearl, it comes from life. The very life of the oyster is given to the pearl. What a blessed God that He gives us this chance. In Him we enjoy eternal life, and much more! Our God has communicated with us in pictures so we comprehend the richness of His Love. The Pearl to me is just one more analogy of how God can take an irritant (sin) and turn it into something beautiful — if we let Him.

The true value of the pearl is not seen from the outside. To the world around it the pearl is just another barnacle covered nasty looking shell. Oh, friends the Lord looks upon the heart. Are you doing the same, to others? Only the Lord sees us as complete in Him. If the world knew what we will look like when our Bridegroom comes for us, they would surely want to come!

To see the true beauty of the pearl the oyster must die. The oyster is ripped open with a knife in the side, before the true treasure is revealed. The analogy in the Pearl here is like Christ’s death, so that all who trust in Him will be able to see and be with Him in His beautiful Kingdom, for eternity. It’s His desire that all should accept Christ as their personal savior, so that they too shall receive their salvation, and live with Him for eternity. Thanks be to God for this wonderful gift. Have you accepted Christ as your Savior?

The PEARL also reminds me:

  1. God desires to fellowship with us — irritants (sin) and all.
  2. God has communicated with us through the scriptures, using all sorts of metaphors — the beautiful pearl is one more.
  3. All of God’s creation: every bird, pretty flower, panoramic mountain vista, and even oysters, were given by God to show us things concerning Himself. God’s final Word to us is His dear Son, and all that is written of Him; which we should read about regularly in our Bibles — the book of Pearls.
  4. God can turn irritants (sin) into pearls — if you let Him.

Addendum — John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

 

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Arranged by Judy Lee Jenkins
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Who is old enough to remember Simon and Garfunkel, who sang and composed some of our most beautiful folk rock music?  They were remembered for their ringing acoustic guitars and choirboy harmonies.  THE SONG OF SILENCE came out about 1966 and is one that I have loved over the years, however, I love all of their musical hits of the past.  All of their songs seem to have beautiful haunting type melodies.  This particular song I never really listened to the lyrics much or tried to understand them until now.  I just loved to listen to the music.  However, there really is a message in their lyrics.  If you really look at the lyrics, you will discover beautiful poetic words.  The message of the song is all about communication and the lack of it.  So often we talk to people but they really don’t listen or hear us when we talk.  The song is reaching out to those who don’t seem to understand the problem and to attempt to fix it.  People seem to be wrapped up in their own world and their own gods they have invented for themselves.  This is what the song seemed to say to me.
 
Although I like to write my own songs, I love this song so much I decided to play it by ear for the fun of it.  However, it falls so short of sounding like the true masters of it, Simon and Garfunkel who only can capture that true sound that only they could make.  However, you might be interested in the lyrics so I am posting them now.
 
HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND,
I’VE COME TO TALK WITH YOU AGAIN,
BECAUSE A VISION SOFTLY CREEPING,
LEFT ITS SEEDS WHILE I WAS SLEEPING,
AND THE VISION THAT WAS PLANTED IN MY BRAIN,
STILL REMAINS, WITHIN THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
 
IN RESTLESS DREAMS I WALKED ALONE,
NARROW STREETS OF COBBLESTONE,
‘NEATH THE HALO OF A STREET LAMP,
I TURNED MY COLLAR TO THE COLD AND DAMP,
WHEN MY EYES WERE STABBED BY THE FLASH OF A NEON LIGHT,
THAT SPLIT THE NIGHT,
AND TOUCHED THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
 
AND IN THE NAKED LIGHT I SAW,
10 THOUSAND PEOPLE MAYBE MORE,
PEOPLE TALKING WITHOUT SPEAKING,
PEOPLE HEARING WITHOUT LISTENING,
PEOPLE WRITING SONGS THAT VOICES NEVER SHARE,
AND NO ONE DARE DISTURB THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
 
“FOOLS,” SAID I “YOU DO NOT KNOW,
SILENCE LIKE A CANCER, GROWS,
HEAR MY WORD THAT I MIGHT TEACH YOU,
TAKE MY ARMS THAT I MIGHT REACH YOU.”
BUT MY WORD LIKE SILENT RAINDROPS FELL
AND ECHOED IN THE WELLS OF SILENCE.
 
AND THE PEOPLE BOWED AND PRAYED,
TO THE NEON GOD THEY MADE,
AND THE SIGN FLASHED OUT ITS WARNING,
AND THE WORDS THAT IT WAS FORMING,
 
AND THE SIGN SAID,
“THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS ARE WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALLS,
AND TENEMENT HALLS,’
AND WHISPERED IN THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
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On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:21 PM, Judy Forsythe <thestorylady2007@yahoo.com> wrote:
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