Sunday, February 13, 2011

~~~~~THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY MORNING~~~~~ Shepherd of Love

A HEART FILLED WITH LOVE

Growing up a PK (Preacher's Kid) exposed my siblings and I to lots and lots of traditional, contemporary and standard church music.  If you've followed my bloggie for any time at all you probably know that by now.  Rarely did a week go by when my older sister, Linda, and I didn't learn at least one new song or two...or three.  Music, especially gospel music, was one of the mainstays in our childhood home.  I appreciate the early teachings of our parents more today than ever before...  For the beautiful lyrics and the often simple melodies helped to build within me a foundation of love and faith in The Most High.

Below are the words to a pretty song written by the amazing John W. Peterson.  A couple of years ago I wrote to Mr. Peterson (who is now in his 80's) via email (through his grandson) telling him how much his songs had meant to me over the years.  I was shocked when I received a personal, heartfelt reply from Mr. Peterson himself in which he shared his deep love for music...and for his Savior...

 For me there is no greater love than the one that comes from Him, the Gentle Shepherd.
  SHEPHERD OF LOVE
written by John W. Peterson

Shepherd of Love, You knew I had lost my way;
Shepherd of Love, You cared that I'd gone astray.
You sought and found me, placed around me
Strong arms that carried me home;
No foe can harm me or alarm me,
Never again will I roam

Shepherd of love, contentment at last is mine;
Deep in my heart, there's peace and a joy divine.
The future's brighter, burden's lighter,
My cup runs over each day;
Your grace supplied me,
Now provides me all that I need for the way.

Shepherd of Love, my Savior and Lord and Guide;
Shepherd of Love, forever I'll stay by Your side.
You sought and found me, placed around me
Strong arms that carried me home;
No foe can harm me, or alarm me,
Never again will I roam!

Shepherd of Love, my Savior and Lord and Guide,
Shepherd of Love, forever I'll stay by Your side.

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Blessings to you for a lovely day!  Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY for Easter Goodies.  The link is on the left at the top!

Love to you...

7 comments:

Tina Eudora said...

Such a lovely post Rebecca!
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and yours the very sweetest Valentine's Day! May it be filled to the brim with lots of love and much chocolate!
Tina xo

Rebecca P said...

Rebecca,
I loved your post today. I too am a PK & how I love the old hymns. I grew up singing & listening to them. The words bring such comfort.
Hugs,
Rebecca

Theresa said...

Beautiful words to that sweet song! I pray you have a blessed day my friend! Big hugs!

Terra said...

I love the old hymns too, and how nice that you wrote to thank the hymn writer and he answered you.

myletterstoemily said...

i grew up on all those old spirituals and
hymns, too. my grandmother was a
methodist minister who knew every hymn
by heart.

happy valentine's day!

NanaDiana said...

I grew up with all those old songs too, Rebecca...and although I love the modern church music there is something heart-wrenching when I hear the old hymns. Hugs & Happy Valentine's Day! xxoo Diana

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Sweet Friend! I sooo love all your sweet songs on your playlist. My favorite right now is the new version of Amazing Grace! Our taste in music is so very much the same that it is scary!! :0)

Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mr. AGP!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

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