Friday, October 26, 2012

Jesus' Words

Words of truth, words that last
After all this world's past...

Words of Spirit and life
That should settle all strife...

Words that slice you and me;
Words that cleanse, words that free...

Words as strong as a stone;
Words that flow from God's throne...

May those words yet fulfill
All their work, Christ's own will.

By God's grace, now we've heard.
Thank you, Lord, for each word. 

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. 
The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
--Jesus, in John 6:63. (ESV)

The Bible in the photo was given to my father when he graduated from high school, May 21, 1937. In the back is a hand-written list of seventy people whom he baptized over the following ten or fifteen years.


Myra said...

Has anyone ever suggested to you having your poems set to music? I think that would be really good. I am glad you have the legacy of your father's involvement with other believers in baptism.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Myra, for the encouragement. Years ago, I wrote a few songs. One that I wrote was then improved by Glenn Pickett. It was used a few times by several hundred people. More recently, someone asked about putting one to music. I said yes, but never heard back as to whether it happened.