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Length of Days - Search for Freedom

Monday, July 30, 2012


We sang this beautiful song in church yesterday. Naturally, I had to know more about the hymn. The words are attributed to a man from Assam, in northeast India, who was converted to Christianity about one-hundred-sixty years ago by a Welsh missionary. When the village chief heard of the conversion, and demanded that he renounce his new faith, the new Christian said, "I have decided to follow Jesus." The chief ordered that the man’s wife be beheaded if he would not renounce the Christ. The one Christian who would stand up and be entered into the book of life, said, "Though no one joins me, still I will follow." After his wife’s execution, the executioner turned to the man. He went to his death while singing, "The cross before me, the world behind me." This display of faith is said to have led to the conversion of the chief and other villagers. The formation of these words into a hymn is attributed to the Indian missionary Sadhu Sundar Singh. The melody is also Indian. (wiki accessed 7/30/12)

How grounded in the faith are we? Would we be able to stand alone and say, "I have decided to follow Jesus?" Let this be the day we all make that decision. "As for me and my house, we choose to follow the way of the cross, the path of Jesus." Let us pray:

"Holy Father, my soul is buried in your own. Lift me above the world so that I may have the courage to follow you alone. Let today be the day when indecision is left behind. Today, I choose you—for I have decided to follow Jesus. In His precious name I pray. Amen"

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Copyright 2012 Doris Gaines Rapp

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