Minding the lyrics

mormonad-death-where-is-thy-victory-1118379-printHad a “Mindful” moment this morning in my early-morning religion class for teens. We were singing the opening song, “I know That My Redeemer Lives,” and after 2 lines, I looked up and it seemed like my students were all in a sleepy haze. I interjected, “Sing! With feeling!” then immediately thought that I needed to practice what I was preaching, as my own mind was only singing with half my brain, the other half was racing ahead to the lesson I would be teaching. I then made a conscious effort to be in the moment, to pay attention to the words, and their meaning. By the time I got to “how sweet the joy this sentence gives…” I truly felt joyful and grateful to my Saviour for His love and sacrifice for me. What a difference being mindful brings to any moment! I would have missed those sweet feelings and testimony otherwise.

Has music touched your heart and mind in such a way as well, as you bring greater awareness to your experience?

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

1. I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.
2. He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.
3. He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.
4. He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

[Text: Samuel Medley, 1738-1799. Music: Lewis D. Edwards, 1858-1921]

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About Gail

Genealogist, librarian, writer, traveler, Mormon
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5 Responses to Minding the lyrics

  1. randee says:

    I have to make a conscious effort of that all the time – to be mindful and living in the moment. It really is powerful when I do it!

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