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Words and Video: “Thank God for the Promise of Spring”

This past Saturday, the skies were clear and sunny; the temperature was 80.
I mowed grass for the first time, in memory, in the middle of May (it was the 14th).
What does this mean?
We woke up Monday morning to Snow on the ground.
Welcome to Spring in the North Country!

While we did have a very mild Winter (for us), we always seem to forget “where we are,” and that, “It’s not June yet!” It never fails: We get caught up in a day or two that resembles Spring “everywhere else,” and we start re-arranging our closets … This year, we’ve burned only 6 tons of pellets, and as I write this on May 17th, I just brought up the last bag of pellets, and tonight is the last night in the forecast (10-day) where we’ll be in the thirties.

Thank God for the Promise of Spring.

Mama used to always say that the part she loved most about the changing of seasons is that it shows that God’s Word is true, and that He is still in control (Genesis 8:22). These “flashes” of warm weather really make a great point: It only takes 1 day of abundant sunshine and warm temperatures to “wash away” months of dreary days and bitter cold. I also believe that God sends these days along to remind us to just hang in there … this, too, shall pass. Better days are ahead. A gift to remind us how He’s got us through this far … A victory, of sorts. And … we all need a victory now and then.

Thank God for the Promise of Spring.
True, ours comes later than in a lot of places, but, doesn’t that mean that we are grateful for it more? Let us not forget there a lot of places where Spring comes even later than here … and, it lasts a lot less …

Recently, I shared one of the songs from Cynthia Clawson, which meant so much to me, when I was going through a tragic period of my life. That song, from her “River of Memories” CD (it was actually on cassette), was “It Won’t Rain Always,” featuring words like, “God’s promises are true.”
Here’s a link to that post:
It Won’t Rain Always

Another song from that cassette which I clung to, word after word, line after line, promise after promise, was this one: “Thank God for the Promise of Spring.”
This was the darkest, bleakest time I had ever gone through, and God sent these words to help “see me through.”

Thank God for the Promise of Spring

The sky seems gray above me
And I can’t see the light of day
There’s a ray breaking through the shadows
And the smile can’t be far away

Thank God for the promise of springtime
Once again my heart will sing
There’s a brand new day a-dawning
Thank God for the promise of spring

Though the earth looks bleak and barren
And the seeds lay brown and dead
But the promise of life grows within them
And I know spring is just ahead

Thank God for the promise of springtime
Once again my heart will sing
There’s a brand new day a-dawning
Thank God for the promise of spring
Thank God for the promise of spring

As I wrote earlier, “In the midst of great agony and heartbreak, in the darkest of days, in the middle of life’s greatest storms, God can lead us to a song which will remind us that “Once again my heart will sing … There’s a brand new day a-dawning … Thank God for the promise of spring …”

This is from one of the Bill and Gloria Gaither television programs, as Cynthia Clawson, surrounded by “Homecoming” cast, sings “Thank God for the Promise of Spring.”



Here’s the link for the Cynthia Clawson Website:
http://www.cynthiaclawson.com/

Click here for the Gaither Website:
http://gaither.com/artists/bill-gaither

 

Video: Cynthia Clawson: “It Won’t Rain Always”

Hi Friends:

How often have all of us, when going through our toughest struggles and battles, clung onto a particular Scripture, or Scriptures … that we just held onto … clung to … believed … repeated over and over again … helping us make it to the other side … to the victory which the Scripture promised …

Often, a song would be right there with it … to encourage us that “the hurt can’t hurt forever, and the tears are sure to dry.” In the midst of great agony and heartbreak, in the darkest of days, in the middle of life’s greatest storms, God can lead us to a song which will remind us that “it won’t rain always … God’s promises are true …”

For me, it was an entire group of songs, in my case, a single cassette, by Cynthia Clawson, entitled “River of Memories.” I am so pleased that this recording, originally released in 1994, is still available on CD. I’ve narrowed the choices to share with you to three recordings, which I will share, over time.

First, yes it was prayer and Bible study … days, even weeks of solid fasting, prayer, and Scripture reading … through it all, as I performed my job duties from my company truck, driving mile after mile, song after song would comfort me, helping me through, day after day … I still have that original cassette, though the cassette case wore out long ago … it was these songs, day after day, mile after mile, in and out of the truck, which confirmed my prayers and the Scriptures … all three worked together to “get me through” to the point where I made the startling discovery that, what I thought was the worst thing that had ever happened to me … turned out to be the best thing which had ever happened to me. It took a lot of prayer, a lot of Scripture, and a lot of these songs, one after the other, which would “see me through …”

I first discovered Cynthia Clawson while watching one of the Bill and Gloria Gaither programs, where she was a featured member of the cast. I honestly can’t remember whether I received the cassette as a gift, or I had gotten through the local Christian Book Store. What I do know is this:

I had no way of knowing that God would use this cassette, received in a time of great joy, to be one of His instruments to help me get through the toughest, darkest, and loneliest periods of my life. But, He knew.

Recorded as part of one of the Bill and Gloria Gaither television programs, introduced here by my old friend Ralph Emery, is Cynthia Clawson, surrounded by the “Homecoming” cast, is “It Won’t Rain Always.”

I believe that, “if it blesses me, it will bless someone else.” As I look at the faces as the cameras pan, I realize that this is true, and that “trouble troubles us all” …
I’ve included the words, and out of respect, a couple of links:


It Won’t Rain Always
Bill & Gloria Gaither

Someone said that in each life some rain is bound to fall
And each one sheds his share of tears,
And trouble troubles us all
But the hurt can’t hurt forever
And the tears are sure to dry

And it won’t rain always
The clouds will soon be gone
The sun that they’ve been hiding has been there all along

And it won’t rain always
God’s promises are true
The sun’s gonna shine in His own good time
And He will see you through

Click Here for Cynthia Clawson Website
Click here for the Gaither Website