Sunday, April 04, 2021

He's Alive

I hope you and yours are having a great Easter weekend, no matter what your faith. Today I wanted to post something meaningful, but something you wouldn't see on a hundred other sites. Instead of a Gospel passage from the Bible, I'll share a song that truly illustrates how the awesome story of our Lord's resurrection makes me feel (especially the ending). Dolly Parton recorded this on her White Limozeen album in 1989. If you ever get a chance to own the CD, grab it. You can listen or download the song at this site.

He's Alive

The gates and doors were barred
And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound
Half in hope of sorrow
And half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breakin' through
To drag us all away

And just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle
And a voice began to call
I hurried to the window
Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers' feet

But there was no one there but Mary
So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told me where she'd been
She said they've moved Him in the night
And none of us know where
The stone's been rolled away
And now His body isn't there

We both ran towards the garden
Then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and empty tomb
Just the way that Mary said
But the winding sheet they wrapped Him in
Was just an empty shell
And how or where they'd taken Him
Was more than I could tell

Oh something strange had happened there
Just what I did not know
John believed a miracle
But I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation
Couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I'd seen them crucify Him
Then I saw Him die

Back inside the house again
The guilt and anguish came
Everything I'd promised Him
Just added to my shame
When at last it came to choices
I denied I knew His name
And even if He was alive
It wouldn't be the same

But suddenly the air was filled
With a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere
Drove shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me
With His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees
And I just clung to Him and cried

Then He raised me to my feet
And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him
Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion
Disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I ever had
Just melted into peace

He's alive yes He's alive
Yes He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive yes He's alive
Oh He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive He's alive
Hallelujah He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive He's alive He's alive
I believe it He's alive
Sweet Jesus

This video is Dolly's live performance from the 1991 CMA Awards.

Thought for today: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 1 Peter 1:3(NIV)


Dick said...

Another great posting! Too many people just think of the boiled eggs and candy, forgetting or never knowing the real reason for Easter. Thank you for bringing it out so well.

Ed Bremson, MFA said...

Happy Easter, MC, and best wishes for the future.

Erudite Redneck said...

Amen, sister. :-)

Carl said...

Peace be with you, MissC.

Bar L. said...

Easter Blessings to you, a beautiful post.

MarkOfIowa said...

Happy Easter, Miss C! Thanks you for this.

Jane said...

Thanks Miss C. Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy Easter to you!

iamams said...

Beautiful reminder of what Easter is truly about. Thank you, and Happy Easter MissC.

gwdMaine said...

Happy Easter Miss C.

Miss Cellania said...

Happy Easter, gwdMaine!

Miss Cellania said...

And to everyone!

John said...

Peace and harmony to you Miss C.

RedfishJohn said...

Thank you yet again, Happy Easter!