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Monday, May 25, 2015

Five Minute Friday::Rise

Blessings of remembering the BRAVE on this Memorial Day 2015; those who gave their very lives for the freedom of us who live.  On this day of remembrance I am joining Kate Motaung and over a hundred other beautiful women for Five Minute Friday.

This week's prompt is RISE.  

My timer is set for 5 minutes.

GO!

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I saw the word RISE on Kate's website, but in my mind I read ARISE.  Immediately my thoughts recalled an old hymn I just recently sang in a ministry training conference, and by which my soul was wonderously moved.

The refrain was immediately on my lips as I saw the word RISE.

I will arise and go to Jesus, 
He will embrace me in His arms; 
In the arms of my dear Savior, 
O, there are ten thousand charms.

I was so stirred by this hymn, quite foreign and ancient sounding in contrast to the more common worship music of our day.  The cadence and the words caused me to stand at attention and focus on the meaning of what I was singing.  Holy Spirit brought a sudden conviction, "Wake up, and pay attention to this battle cry.  Sing it for all your worth if you really mean it!"

Once home from the conference, I went to the internet to research this old hymn.  The words were written by Joseph Hart in 1759, while the music was previously written by Jean Jacques Rousseau in 1750.  Such an old, old hymn and yet it was chosen in our modern day to bring a group of believers, training for leadership, into worship before Almighty God.  Interestingly, the name of this hymn is Come, Ye Sinners.  How utterly appropriate!

Here are the words, which struck deep to awaken my spirit.  Here are the words, which caused me to stand at attention as if waiting for my Commander to hand me His battle orders.

Come, ye sinner, poor and needy.  Weak and wounded sick and sore.
Jesus ready stands to save you.  Full of pity, love and power:
He is able, He is able, He is willing; doubt no more.
He is able, He is able, He is willing; dount no more.

refrain - 
I will arise and go to Jesus, 
He will embrace me in His arms; 
In the arms of my dear Savior, 
O, there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome, God's free bounty glorify.
True belief and true repentance, Every grace that bring us nigh, 
Without money, without money; Come to Jesus Christ and buy.
Without money, without money; Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

refrain - 

Come, ye weary, heavy laden.  Bruised and broken, full of sin; 
If you tarry, till you're better, You may never enter in:
Not the righteous, not the righteous; Sinners Jesus came to win.
Not the righteous, not the righteous; Sinners Jesus came to win.

refrain - 
I will arise and go to Jesus, 
He will embrace me in His arms; 
In the arms of my dear Savior, 
O, there are ten thousand charms.

Grateful today as an American citizen for all our brave men and women who gave their lives so I might freely write, post, believe and live today.  Grateful today for my dear Savior, Who came and called my name to follow Him; He gave His life a ransom for mine.  I will arise and go to Jesus!

I Will Arise and Go To Jesus (Come, Ye Sinners) by Michael Card, Starkindler: A Celtic Conversation Across Time