By Request, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’

This one’s for Phoebe, who’s feeling somewhat less than tip-top today (prayers are in order)–The Old Rugged Cross, sung by Alan Jackson.

I used to choke up when we sang this hymn in Sunday school. Sometimes I still do… and I give the Father thanks for that.

By Request, ‘How Great Thou Art’

First things first! We have a hymn for you, requested by Erlene–How Great Thou Art, sung by Alan Jackson. My grandma, my mother, and my aunts used to sing this as they went about their housework; this hymn is rich in memories for me.

By Request, ‘How Great Thou Art’

My mother and Grandma and my aunts used to sing this hymn as they went about their housework. Requested by Erlene–How Great Thou Art, performed by Alan Jackson.

How I would love to hear them singing it again.

By Request, ‘In the Garden’

We have a hymn request from Phoebe–In the Garden, sung by Alan Jackson.

Heavy roadwork just outside is shaking our building up and down, and I’m with you, Phoebe–I need a visit to the Garden… where Our Lord is waiting for us.

‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ (Alan Jackson)

No hymn requests this morning. Hardly anybody here.

Well, let’s try this–Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, sung by Alan Jackson. It must be a good one because I wished it were longer.

By Request, ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus–this hymn gives good advice! Sometimes, covering the nooze, you get distracted and browbeaten into thinking that’s all there is.

Requested by Erlene, sung by Alan Jackson: consider it a time-out for spiritual health. For these are truly times that try our souls.

Effectual Prayers (Needed!)

(I’ve posted another hymn because I think we need it–I Love to Tell the Story, sung by Alan Jackson.)

As we try to get Peep to eat, to build her strength, we are praying hard and I know that some of you are praying for us, too. Heal our little girls, Lord, and it’ll heal our spirits. (Meanwhile, Robbie is doing very well: answered prayers. Thank you, Lord. And we thank our friends and fellow servants with you.)

St. James wrote, “The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). I don’t know if I make the grade for righteous: that judgment is God’s. But I have to pray as if I were righteous. If we have faith in Jesus Christ, His righteousness is imputed to us.

But look at our country, lately. Look at this world. Do you like what you see? War, corruption, selling out to China, violent crime boiling over in our cities, “education” devoted to fomenting racial hatred and pushing “transgender” on our children–but who has space to list it all?

We need to be praying, we need to be repenting, we need to be pleading for God’s mercy, as Daniel prayed. Our nation’s sins, our whole world’s sins, have found us out, big-time. We cannot survive without God’s grace.

There’s such an awful lot to pray for! And to pray against.

Turn to God, and He will turn to us. Amen.


By Request, ‘In the Garden’

Phoebe has a couple of hymn requests, which I hope means she’s feeling better. Here’s the first one: In the Garden, sung by Alan Jackson.

Yes, I know I’m running horribly late! It’s as dark as night this morning, and raining like mad. Soon I will have to go out and lug bags of groceries around.

By Request, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’

If this poor, fallen world ever needed Our Lord Jesus Christ, it needs Him now. O Lord Our God, deliver us!

Requested by Erlene: What a Friend We Have in Jesus, sung by Alan Jackson.

We will not survive this age without our Savior.

By Request, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’

Requested by Thewhiterabbit: The Old Rugged Cross, sung by Alan Jackson. I’ve always found this hymn deeply moving. Well, Lent is coming soon, and after that, Easter. The Resurrection. Be ready to rejoice.