Monday, May 26, 2014

Musical Monday

I have been getting many requests to post some of my piano playing online, I have also had some people comment that I have not been keeping up with my blog lately. Well here I give you a solution to both of those at once. I'd like to introduce to you Musical Monday. I plan on posting a video of me playing the piano every Monday, or as many as I can, along with a quick look into our everyday life. I confess it often seems its the everyday life that overwhelms me far more than any of that craziness ever did.

Now, take note that when I recorded the following video I was experimenting with different interpretations of this song. The one shown here is not my favorite but alas, it is the only one I have. So, if it seems a bit wonky to you, please bear with me.

Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands  - This is an ancient Easter hymn with it origins dating back into the early 11th century. The tune has evolved over the years. I was driving to piano lessons one day and I heard this song on the radio. The melody was much different but the essentials were the same, the words too were slightly different. It was interesting to hear the differences and similarities between the two versions. I of course am playing the modern version of it. Below are the words.

1. Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands, For our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand He stands And brings us life from heaven;
Therefore let us joyful be And sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of hallelujah. Hallelujah!

2. It was a strange and dreadful strife When Life and Death contended;
The victory remained with Life, The reign of Death was ended;
Holy Scripture plainly saith That Death is swallowed up by Death,
His sting is lost forever. Hallelujah!

3. Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree- So strong His love!- to save us.
See, His blood doth mark our door; Faith points to it, Death passes o'er,
And Satan cannot harm us. Hallelujah!

4. So let us keep the festival Whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ Himself the Joy of all, The Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart eternal sunshine to the heart;
The night of sin is ended. Hallelujah!

5. Then let us feast this joyful day On Christ the bread of heaven;
The word of grace hath purged away The old and evil leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed, He is our meat and drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other. Hallelujah!


As I am sure all y'all know, today is Memorial Day. I want to take the chance to express my gratitude for the thousands of men and woman who have served this country. It is my most sincere wish that now, and in the future, we will not desire your services again.

A few weeks ago our family drove up to Missouri. My great grandmother passed away and we were going to attend the funeral. My grandmother was an amazing woman, she was greatly loved and honored by all her family. She already had her funeral planned and it was beautiful. I was able to see how much Grandma meant to the entire family, and I could see the seeds she had sown had produced wonderful fruit. Grandma is one to be admired and emulated in every way. I know our Father has rewarded her greatly, her crown must be filled to the very limits with jewels.

While there in Missouri we visited with friends and family; in a future post I will upload pictures of our time there. I'll be back!

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