Archive for November 19th, 2011

Is some human relationship




keeping you from




your Prime Relative:




God the Father?              

– eab, 11/13/11

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Do you still delight

To see a bird in flight,

Or watch him bring his feet from the rear

And put down his landing gear?


Do you thrill to see

Geese in their vee,

Pushing north in the spring

On outspread wing?


Do you like to see the limb sway

When a squirrel on his way,

Jumps from a tree to its neighbor

With seemingly small labor?


Do you still somehow enjoy

As you did when a girl, a boy,

The slight sly form of Mr. fox

Slipping by in white socks?


Do you bend your head low

To smell flowers in their glow,

Or take a few in where it’s mild

Samples of God’s natural, wild?


If one of the above “is you,”

You still do as you used to do,

Rejoice.  A little of your childhood days

Survived the balding or the “grays.”

                – eab,11/18/09      


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Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

2. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

3. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Haldor Lillenas was born this date,11/19/1885, at Island of Stord, Norway.  His Lutheran family moved to the US and after a stay in South Dakota (Colton, a few miles NW of Sioux Falls) settled  in Oregon.


Haldor was converted to personal faith in Jesus Christ at age 21 under the influence of the  Penial Mission in Portland.  He almost immediately felt a call to minister God’s Holy Word becoming a Nazarene as was his wife, Bertha Mae Wilson, also a song writer.


God gave Lillenas some 4,000 Gospel texts plus hundreds of hymn tunes, including the above.  In 1924 he founded Lillenas Music Company (bought by the Nazarenes in 1930) and worked there until he retired in 1950.  He passed away at Aspen, CO, 8/18/1959.

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