Great Songs of the Church-Low in the Grave He lay (He Arose!)

One of the best loved hymns for Resurrection Day, it was written by Robert Lowry in 1874.

1 Low in the grave He lay—
  Jesus my Savior!
Waiting the coming day—
  Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose,
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose!
  Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2 Vainly they watch His bed—
  Jesus, my Savior!
Vainly they seal the dead—
  Jesus my Lord!

3 Death cannot keep his prey—
  Jesus, my Savior!
He tore the bars away—
  Jesus my Lord!     
lyrics from hymnal.net

He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!!

Worst Case Scenario: Be Prepared

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All this talk of solar flares, comet Ison, CME’s and some unknown catastrophe that has FEMA scrambling in Region III can be a little scary can’t it?  I mean, some of you may skip over such articles/reports and file them under Conspiracy Theories. Others of you may be hoping it’s a lot of hoopla for nothing. I dare say MOST Americans pay no attention or give no thought to it whatsoever.

But if you are in the camp of Maybe and want to be prepared, you’ll probably try your best to stock up on imperishable food, water, batteries, candles, first aid kits etc.

If you don’t have time to be bothered with gloom and doom thoughts you are doing nothing out of the ordinary because you are sure it’ll all work out and the world will continue with business as usual.

Well, let’s just suppose something HUGE does happen? Let’s suppose a giant earthquake rips through Region III, on the east coast causing massive destruction as well as geological upheaval.

Or, let’s suppose the ever elusive CME does strike the globe. I’m talking more than global outages. I’m talking a total black out of all things electrical. No lights, no water, no cars, no planes, no computers, no television, no radio. Nothing. Enter the dark ages.

You can try now to stock up “just in case” and your emergency kit may or may not see you through until everything is back up and running.

Preparedness Survival Kit. That’s what they call it. Usually when someone asks “Are you prepared?”, such a kit comes to mind. It’s only natural.

But I ask you: ARE YOU PREPARED?

Are you prepared to NOT LIVE through it?

What if the world does go completely black? We are talking auto collisions, train wrecks, planes falling from the sky, pace makers not working, an outbreak of violent crime as people scramble to grab necessities…the list goes on and on. If it is “just” the earthquake, what if you are standing over the fault? What if the building you are in collapses? What if it triggers a giant tsunami and you are washed away?

Sounds horrible right? It would be. Especially if you are not PREPARED to meet eternity.

Like it or not every single person to ever draw breath has and will face eternity. One can refuse to believe in God or a god or any such religion but that does not stop them from ever facing eternity. Too often it comes unexpectedly.

You need to ask yourself what you believe will happen when you die. Are you certain of it? There is no changing your mind once eternity knocks.

My daughter is considered special needs. While she is nearly ten-years-old, cognitively and in other ways she is more like five or six. A few weeks ago she randomly asked me “Mama are you ready to die?” Imagine my dilemma in deciding how to answer such a question presented by a child who is incapable of abstract thought.  Physically I am healthy, so in that sense I am not about to die. Of course I cannot discuss the “what-ifs” with her. Technically, though, yes I am ready to die. If I did not wake up in the morning I would be better off than I am tonight. That is not to say I am wishing to leave behind my children, husband and family. You understand that I mean on a spiritual level, I am ready.

How can I say that?  Because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my Redeemer lives, that the Bible is True and I am a beloved child of the Creator. I know that I know that I KNOW.

Do you? Are you prepared to NOT LIVE through the night….catastrophe or no? Think about it.