10 thoughts on “Jesus Paid It All-Happy Easter

  1. Sara, what a wonderful and encouraging hymn to join in singing. Thank you and Happy Easter to you and all on The Daily Lily.

  2. Oh I loved singing along with Joey and Rory. Thank you Sara for sharing. Loved the words in the song as they spoke to me in my walk with Him. Thank you Jesus!!!
    I wondered about the history behind the song. I found the following:) Oh I loved singing along with Joey and Rory. Thank you Sara for sharing. Loved the words in the song as it spoke to me of my walk with Him. Thank you Jesus!!!
    I wondered about the history behind the song. I found the following:)
    Sitting in the choir loft, Elvina’s mind turned to our need for salvation and the price Jesus paid for it. Words began to form themselves. She had
    to get them down. But she had no paper. Well,
    that wasn’t quite true…
    Scribbling on the flyleaf of her hymnbook, she wrote:
    I hear the Savior say,
    “Thy strength indeed is small;
    Child of weakness, watch and pray,
    Find in Me thine all in all.”
    Jesus paid it all,
    All to Him I owe;
    Sin had left a crimson stain,
    He washed it white as snow.
    Not bad. Not bad at all. After service, she handed the words to her pastor. Did his face crease into a little smile at this evidence of her “naughty” behavior? We may never know.
    But we do know that an extraordinary “coincidence” took place that day at the Monument Street Methodist Church of Baltimore. Organist John Grape had recently written a new tune and given it to the pastor. The pastor saw that the tune and the poem fit together extremely well. So he united them. In that way, one of the most beloved hymns of the church came into being.
    Happy Easter to all! Jesus has risen, He has risen . I loved singing along with Joey and Rory.

    1. I love hearing the story behind the hymns. We often hear of struggles, conflicts, war and fear as the writers and singers farm and harvest their music and leave behind gleanings for such a time as this.

      There was a law of God that commanded this such as in Leviticus 19:9 which says “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest.” The reason for this is further expounded in Leviticus 23:22 “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

      “So will it be on the earth and among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.” Isaiah 24:13

      These were his (Jesus) instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke 10:2

      Today, yes, today, around the world great sufferings from the wide spread of the Coronavirus and it’s related effects. We see the dying, boxes lining streets with no place to bury the dead. No honor of a headstone with an epithet that might speak a truth such as my Mother’s, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Psalm 23

      People starving with no food to feed their families. Unbelievable fear of lost of jobs and hope.

      Let us leave our gleanings. The greatest, 🎼🎶“Let Them All come to me, as I open the door to my throne, let them come.”🎶 Sara

      We have a very bountiful harvest through the Internet thats ever been known to man kind. The anointing of the Holy Spirit to lead the broken-hearted to the gleanings. It is a fire burning throughout the world I greatly believe. Many as believers have access to info to harvest and leave gleanings. I wrote another song among a few when I was struggling in life through a hated painful divorce. Also some were poems first and then a few gifted instrumental artist added their skills and put music to my words. Many of them recently awoke me in the night. 🎼“Gather in Gather in I hear the Master say…”Sara

      Tunes, songs, words and deeds can all be food from our gardens. We may find pride in giving a big boy tomato to a neighbor to show our growing muscle. That’s good in itself yet gleanings are an act of kindness that takes the story of the garden that broke the self-will to leave the gleanings. Selfless mercy.

      I have in my faith belief that where there is a table set with gleanings that were left behind they will hear a knock at their door where Jesus stands and says through their intercom system if you open the door I will come in and we will eat together.

      Why do I believe this? The story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz. Ruth said, 2:1-2 “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” This is beautiful love story of finding a husband. The Bridegroom stands today….Boaz was older and wise so is He today.

      1. My early morning reading days later after writing about Ruth and Naomi right here on thedailylily gave me a spark to light my 🕯. His mercies are truly new every morning. (One of many meanings of mercy, “something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing“)
        Hughes writes,
        “But as far as the Bible goes, again, there is room at the family table, in the family tree, for ambiguity, and for choice. Ruth chose Naomi, hitching a ride on her skirts to the Promised Land and into the genealogy of Jesus (see the book of Ruth; Matt. 1:5). Joseph chose to marry Mary instead of dismissing her quietly, as everyone in his family, from his mother to his maiden aunt, not to mention his bawdy uncle, must have advised him to do (see Matt. 1:18-21). For all that, when they came knocking at his door, Jesus made his own choice: “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!” (Matt. 12:48-49)

        —Rosalind C Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)

  3. Reading on all all you wrote above on gleanings, Sara, took me back to review your book, “The Dance of Healing, “The Ultra-Healing Spirit” comes from within”. In it, “Step 6” was titled, “The Gleanings” and was about “Journeying of the Soul”. One question in this step chapter you asked was, “Are we Light in darkness giving the fragrance of hope? Are we throwing our Light forward so others can glean in our fields?”

    I thought this question particularly related to your comment, “gleanings are an act of kindness” …“That’s good in itself yet gleanings are an act of kindness that takes the story of the garden that broke the self-will to leave the gleanings. Selfless mercy.”

  4. Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio writes:

    “[ Francis’] life indicates to us that if we persevere in prayer we will find God in the center of our lives and the bitter will become sweet [as when Francis kissed the leper]; however, if we stay on the plain of mediocrity then the bitter may remain bitter. To trust in the power of God’s grace through darkness, isolation, bitterness, and rejection is to be on the way to becoming prayer because it is the way to freedom in God. For prayer, that deep relationship of God breathing in us, requires change and conversion. And where there is change, there is the letting go of the old and the giving birth to the new. To pray is to be open to the new, to the future in God. The way to life passes through change and ultimately the change from death to life. Prayer is the way to life because in prayer we are invited to change and to grow in love.”
    Debi’s comment above quotes…” Selfless mercy.”

    “What does God ask of us? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God.”—Micah 6:8

    1. Verse 2 of the Hymn lite the fire of desire for in-depth study for Easter season and our Hymn.

      I think we will connect nicely to my quote above after reading/singing vs 2. The Hymn says, God alone, but The Bible invites us to leave the gleanings. The Pastor/church of the songwriter left her some gleanings and she gathered them for use.

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