Friday, August 16, 2019

I am the Resurrection and the Life

The fifth (of seven) in a series of hymns based on the I Am sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

You can hear it here.

Lyrics:

I am the Resurrection and the Life


1. I am the resurrection and the life,
the One who frees his own from mortal strife.
He who believes in me will never die.
E’en though he die I will him glorify
and satisfy with life from heav’n above.

2. “Do you believe that what I say is true,
that this good news is meant also for you?
Do you believe that I have conquered death,
that I have come to give mankind new breath?
Do you believe that I will you renew?”

3. Yes, Lord, I do believe that you’re the Christ,
the Son of God in whom I place my trust,
the One who was to come into the world,
for whom the godly have for ages yearned.”
Christ will deliver us from death’s dark plight.

Thursday, July 04, 2019

I Am the Good Shepherd

The fourth in a series of hymns based on the I Am sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

You can hear it here.

Lyrics:

            I Am the Good Shepherd

1. I am the Good Shepherd — I lay my life down
for all of my sheep, those whom I made my own.
The false shepherd cares only for his day’s pay.
At first hint of danger he runs far away.

2. The wolf tears and scatters the flock Jesus loves
but Jesus is ruling from heaven above.
He gathers his people from Gentiles and Jews,
one Shepherd, one flock whom the Father did choose.

3. I am the Good Shepherd — I know all my sheep.
For them I arose, them in safety I’ll keep.
My sheep follow me for they know my kind voice.
We’ll all be together and always rejoice.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Original lyrics of our National Anthem



O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
We see thee rising fair, dear land,
The True North, strong and free;
And stand on guard, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada!
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Where pines and maples grow.
Great prairies spread and lordly rivers flow.
How dear to us thy broad domain,
From East to Western Sea,
Thou land of hope for all who toil!
Thou True North, strong and free!

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada! etc.

O Canada! Beneath thy shining skies
May stalwart sons and gentle maidens rise,
To keep thee steadfast through the years
From East to Western Sea,
Our own beloved native land!
Our True North, strong and free!

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada! etc.

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our dominion within thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the Better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

Refrain
O Canada! O Canada! etc.

(Although the matter is a bit more complex. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Canada)

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Groesbeek

Recently I was at the Canadian soldier cemetery in Groesbeek, Gelderland, The Netherlands. 2,600 Canadian war dead (WW II) are buried there. The cemetery was deeded to Canada in perpetuity so that the guys would be buried on Canadian soil. We saw gravestones for boys still in their late teens and early twenties. Very moving! I thought in light of the commemoration of D-Day I'd post a few of my photos.

Canadian soil in the Netherlands
Signing the register



So young!
A Jewish soldier
Known only to God



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Kamp Vught

Earlier this month (May, 2019) I was in the Netherlands and I had occasion to visit Kamp Vught, a Nazi concentration camp where my paternal grandfather, Taeke van Popta, was held for four months because of his involvement with the resistance movement against the Nazis. Here are my photos <click here>.

Here is the entire story of his arrest, deportation, and death <click here>.