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27 March 2005 @ 11:03 pm
easter sunday  

God sent His Son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know, I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days because He lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know, I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

And then one day I'll cross the river
I'll fight life's final war with pain
And then as death gives way to victory
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know, I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

i loved this song when i was a kid. partly due to my huge diet of supernatural literature (russell lee, john bellairs etc.) in primary school, i grew up pretty much afraid of such stuff. then, whenever this fear took hold of me (which happened mostly in the shower), i'd sing this song at the top of my voice, to reassure myself, as well as inform any supernatural stuff around me, that "because He lives, all fear is gone".

ever since we switched hymnals at the traditional service, we haven't really been singing this song very much as a congregation anymore. but we sang it again today (because of easter). and as we were singing it, i realised that i hadn't at all stopped liking this song. but today (as in now that i'm grown up), this song means so much more to me than it did when i was a kid. then, the song was a very lovely tune with powerful words capable of (in my mind) chasing away scary spirits.

today, this song tells me that because of Him, because He lives, life is worth the living--in this life, there will be much trouble, uncertain days, but i can take heart, because He is with me, and He holds the future, and that, although i have no so-called scientific evidence, that, my spirit knows and testifies to. He lives. He lived and died to buy my pardon, and because of Him, today i'm alive, today i'm saved, today i'm changed, today i have new life, today i have not jumped the ledge, and today there is hope for the future, because He lives.

i know this is mostly repetition 'cos i just keep on saying it every once in a while on my journal. but the enormity of what He has done in my life is simply too great for me not to keep proclaiming it to the world. He saved me, and i really mean it. He saved me not just in a theoretical sense. He saved me, and today i'm alive, i've not succumbed to the suicide that i'd planned for so many, so many weary tiring years of not daring to do it. because of His grand entrance into my life, today there is no more need for suicide, today i can carry on, today there is meaning in my life, all because of Him.

and it is no longer stupid to cry.

congratulations senny tabitha :) it's impossible for me to put my feelings into words.
 
 
Mood: touched
Music: because He lives
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2005 02:36 am (UTC)
i think i will never grow tired of reading this - i don find it repetitive at all. So more of such stories please!

Thank you too...because it was you who brought me to church (God's credit for the most part, but still, I want to thank you...) and because of that I have gained for myself many true, worthy friends who share my faith, which makes this life worth-living for. =)

Yet again, I am being reminded about how unworthy we are for the amount of trust that we have been bestowed upon by Him. To think that I am so thankful and high and happy and contented now, when not so long ago I was just thinking about ... (you-know-what)... May all those who came to us and our church will be able to experience this sense of belonging too ...

tabby (I can now officially become ur favourite pet liao, since everybody says that this name sounds like a cat's name.)
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on March 30th, 2005 02:20 am (UTC)
haha thank you for your appreciation of my entries hehe. hey you know what, senny and tabby are related... wahahaha :D