Rushville Republican

March 28, 2014

Notes from Angel the Church Mouse

Rushville Republican

---- — Hi, all you kind folks in Readership Land.

Mercy! March has been a month of ups and downs on the degrees. One day you need heavy coats, another raincoats and then lighter coats. Me little toes were getting so chilly and me little toffers chattered so me little cup of tea “splished splashed” all over the place!! Yet, there are days a comin’ we will wish for cool days. Out in the yards are splashes of colors as Spring flowers bringn’ Spring showers. Then, there will be green grass--”ah-choo!”

In my scramp’ about (to keep warm), I kept thinkin’ we must have faith for each day He has made. I came across Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV. 8: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not by yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9: not of works; least anyone should boast.”

Kind folks, we must remember those words daily, for it is by grace that you are saved through faith. When you are having a day you think all is lost, stop and remember you need faith.

Also, in my scramp’ about I came across a hymn written by Ray Palmer (1807-1887) who was having a low time in his life. He was a recent graduate of Yale University, a tutor of a girls school, and a shoe clerk. He wrote a poem, just to read himself, for renewal courage. He put it away, until he met Lowell Mason (1792-1872). Mason asked if he had any writings to share with him as he was putting a hymnal together. Mason was a bank teller, at the time, who loved his music and later was known as the “father of American church music.” Palmer shared his writing he had written for himself. It was “My Faith Looks Up to Thee.” Mason composed the music for it. The first of four stanzas goes:

“My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! Now, hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away; O let me from this day Be wholly Thine!”

Kind folks, continue to view and sing the remaining three stanzas. They will help you thru your ups and downs and by faith you will look up to Him our Lamb of Calvary! May this help you prepare for His coming and as we celebrate Easter, April 20, this Year of Our Lord!

“Alittle bitty info” on Lowell Mason, he set the music to “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” How about that?

Until the next time. Blessings, Angel The Church Mouse