We started writing this blog years ago under a different name, Dora and the Explorers. There will be no more posts about Roy and I traveling with Dora since Dora moved to California. That move lead to a change in the site’s name and the look.
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In this new blog we will focus on our life in Louisiana, about living a Christian life, updates as my dementia progresses, along with some Wild and Wacky posts from time to time.
Because this new blog is about our future life, I thought a good bit about how that should be expressed in the blog’s new name.
The new theme is BECAUSE HE LIVES….. I can face tomorrow!
Some of you will know what that means and some will not. If you do Praise God! If you do not I hope you will read and learn!
As I was thinking about the new name, the thought that stood out in my mind is that I don’t know what my future holds. Whatever it holds, I know my future is in God’s hands because I am a Christian.
After Christ died on the cross, He was buried and rose from the dead so, HE LIVES. Because of this, I have the reassurance of Christ walking by me through every storm and joy that comes our way. Therefore I can face anything that the future brings.
BECAUSE HE LIVES I can face tomorrow is the first two lines of the chorus in the amazing song written by Bill and Gloria Gather in 1993. I will share an audio version of the song and the lyrics below.
Back in the mid-1990s I was in a particularly dark place in my life. One Sunday during that time in our Worship Service we sang a new song called Because He Lives. My attention was immediately grabbed by the first verse.
God sent his son, they called him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives
When we got to the chorus I felt something come over me that couldn’t be ignored.
Because He Lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He Lives
All fear is goneBecause I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just Because He Lives
When we sang the second verse it hit me hard because it talked about the calm assurance that this child can face uncertain days Because He Lives. During this dark time my main concern was the well being of my children. I felt like God was talking straight to my heart giving me the assurance I needed.
How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain day Because He Lives
I had to sit down I was so overcome with that amazing assurance from God.
And then one day I’ll cross the river
I’ll fight life’s final war with painAnd then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know he reigns
Oh, how I needed to be reminded of this guarantee for true Christians who will get to live with God in Heaven for all of eternity!
This song reminded me that Christ came to earth for the purpose of giving Christians the assurance that we are able to face tomorrow, with all of the uncertainty that it brings. God holds the future right in His hands and makes life worth living for all who trust in Him.
I shared with my mother why that song grabbed my heart so much. After that time whenever we sang Because He Lives in church we’d look at each other and hold hands while we sang. It became our favorite song. Since she passed away, whenever we sing it I think of Mama and how Great our God is!
Here is a You Tube video of the song with the lyrics included. I hope it will speak to you as it did and always will to me.
Songwriters: Gloria Gaither / William J. Gaither
Because He Lives lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group
There is a much newer version of Because He Lives. It’s a beautiful song but the original speaks to my heart with such comfort.