Rolling Home

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Amazing Grace

John Newton, 1779

Verse 1
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

Verse 2
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Verse 3
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

Verse 4
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Verse 5
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

Verse 6
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, Who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Verse 7
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,  if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.  For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.  Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.  So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.  For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.“ (2 Corinthians 5:1-8) 

Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known also as "the father of American music", was an American composer and songwriter known primarily for his parlour and minstrel music during the Romantic period . He wrote more than 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna", "Hard Times Come Again No More", "Camptown Races", "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), "My Old Kentucky Home", "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair", "Old Black Joe", and "Beautiful Dreamer", and many of his compositions remain popular today. He has been identified as "the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century" and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but editions issued by publishers of his day feature in various collections.

Psalm 68

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.


1 Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;
   let those who hate him flee before him. 
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
   as wax melts before the fire,
   let the wicked perish before God. 
3 But let the righteous be joyful;
   let them exult before God;
   let them be jubilant with joy. 

4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
   lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—
his name is the Lord—
   be exultant before him. 



5 Father of orphans and protector of widows
   is God in his holy habitation. 
6 God gives the desolate a home to live in;
   he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
   but the rebellious live in a parched land. 



7 O God, when you went out before your people,
   when you marched through the wilderness,
          Selah 
8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain
   at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,
   at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 
9 Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;
   you restored your heritage when it languished; 
10 your flock found a dwelling in it;
   in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy. 

11 The Lord gives the command;
   great is the company of those who bore the tidings: 
12   ‘The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!’
The women at home divide the spoil, 
13   though they stay among the sheepfolds—
the wings of a dove covered with silver,
   its pinions with green gold. 
14 When the Almighty scattered kings there,
   snow fell on Zalmon. 

15 O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;
   O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan! 
16 Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain,
   at the mount that God desired for his abode,
   where the Lord will reside for ever? 

17 With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,
   thousands upon thousands,
   the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place. 
18 You ascended the high mount,
   leading captives in your train
   and receiving gifts from people,
even from those who rebel against the Lord God’s abiding there. 
19 Blessed be the Lord,
   who daily bears us up;
   God is our salvation.
          Selah 
20 Our God is a God of salvation,
   and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death. 



21 But God will shatter the heads of his enemies,
   the hairy crown of those who walk in their guilty ways. 
22 The Lord said,
   ‘I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea, 
23 so that you may bathe your feet in blood,
   so that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe.’ 

24 Your solemn processions are seen, O God,
   the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary— 
25 the singers in front, the musicians last,
   between them girls playing tambourines: 
26 ‘Bless God in the great congregation,
   the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!’ 
27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
   the princes of Judah in a body,
   the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali. 

28 Summon your might, O God;
   show your strength, O God, as you have done for us before. 
29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem
   kings bear gifts to you. 
30 Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds,
   the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
   scatter the peoples who delight in war. 
31 Let bronze be brought from Egypt;
   let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out its hands to God. 

32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth;
   sing praises to the Lord,
          Selah 
33 O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
   listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. 
34 Ascribe power to God,
   whose majesty is over Israel;
   and whose power is in the skies. 
35 Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
   the God of Israel;
   he gives power and strength to his people. 

Blessed be God!



Hebrews 11

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

The Examples of Abel, Enoch, and Noah

4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and ‘he was not found, because God had taken him.’ For it was attested before he was taken away that ‘he had pleased God.’ 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.

The Faith of Abraham

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’

13 All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14 for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac. He who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son, 18 of whom he had been told, ‘It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named after you.’ 19 He considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac invoked blessings for the future on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, ‘bowing in worship over the top of his staff.’ 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his burial.

The Faith of Moses

23 By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

The Faith of Other Israelite Heroes

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as if it were dry land, but when the Egyptians attempted to do so they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.

32 And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— 38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39 Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

Everyone has specific tastes in music

My tastes in over my lifetime are very diverse! I can’t sing on key, and to my deep regret I can’t even play the piano.

Part I. Earliest Memories  

Back in the summer of 1939 my father Lambert Sr. (Dolph) and my mother Audrey—along with my sister Susanne and me in the backs seat of our new Ford—drove us from Shoshone, Idaho to Butte, Montana so my dad could sell Wichita School Company school supplies. His salary at Shoshone High School was only $100 a month and the country was then climbing slowly out of the Great Depression (1929-1941).

Dad sang outrageous songs all way to Montana which distressed our mother no end! I was 7 years old and Susanne was 4-1/2. On the way back from Montana we visited Yellowstone. Seems like yesterday! Memory sharp and clear now. 

Susanne and I giggled and cheered to our dad singing tunes such as:  

Sarah Jane

My Darlin’ Clementine  

Red River Valley  

Ommie Wise  

Great Philadelphia Lawyer 

Red Wing 

I Heard the Bluebirds Sing  

The Holy Ground (The Dubliners)

Skippy Dolphin, aka Lambert Jr. 

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day

Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day
And the skies are not cloudy all day

 

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