November 6, 2010

I Am Jesus Little Lamb-Day #6 of Thanksgiving

I first learned this hymn when I was little, about 50 years ago.

I'm thankful that my 2nd grade teacher, Miss Bathke,
who got married later in the year and became Mrs. Dierker,
taught it to us one morning during our devotion time.
Or maybe it was my Aunt Jo, who was my 3rd grade teacher after
Mrs. Dierker quit teaching to have a baby.
I think Aunt Jo already had already had 1 of her four babies.
I'm thankful for those 2 fine spiritual mothers
that God sent to teach me about Jesus.

 having always been a Lyrics Girl,
even at 7 years old,
these lyrics spoke to my young heart.
I accepted them in my childish heart.
They are the Good News, the Gospel, about Jesus, the Savior of the world.

The composer of this hymn was Henriette Luise von Hayn, born in Idstein, Nassau, Germany, in 1724.  She taught at a Girls' School and later cared for invalids until her death in 1782.  She wrote over 40 hymns or portions of hymns.  Sounds like she led a rather quiet life. 

But Henriette's lyrics have spoken loudly to my heart throughout my life. 
I used to sing it to my babies.
I plan to sing it to my grandbabies.
They still ring true:

For Jesus has always gently guided me, known me, and provided for me. 
His love for me has NEVER changed.
He still calls me by my name,
and by His grace,
I know His voice and hear Him speak to me.

Our relationship is such that He satisfies
my hunger and thirst for truth
from His Word;
calms my racing heart and mind by His Holy Spirit.
If this sounds mysterious or impossible to you,
just ask Him
and He'll do the same for you.

Yes, even now, I am His lamb.
He has never failed me.
When my time on earth is done,
He will take me to my final resting place:
His arms.

I am Jesus' little lamb.
Ever glad at heart I am.
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need and well provides me,
Loves me every day the same,
Even calls me by my name.

Day by day, at home, away,
Jesus is my staff and stay.
When I hunger, Jesus feeds me,
Into pleasant pastures leads me;
When I thirst, He bids me go
Where the quiet waters flow.

Who so happy as I am,
Even now the Shepherd's lamb?
And when my short life is ended,
by His angel host attended,
He shall fold me to His breast,
There within His arms to rest.

This maker of this video noted that it had been played at a baptism earlier in the day.  Oh, I would love to have it played at my first grandbaby's baptism!

Grace to you all!
Love, Karen
P.S.  I consulted my hymn book and found this one 
right next to the one I shared here a few weeks ago.

Today I'm linking up with


LindyLouMac said...

Calling by from Italy via Sunday Song, having a listen to the great and varied selections. Thanks for sharing, yes absolutely perfect for a baptism.

Unknown said...

wow, I loved this song!!! Thank you for stopping by and visiting me today too! :) Love this blog hop.


Audra Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing. I really needed to hear those words of Truth today. What a blessing.


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