Sunday, October 25, 2020

Jan Lorentz:
Ray Bolz is an American Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter. In 1988 , he wrote a song for Pastor Appreciation Day. He had eight weeks to write something, but it wasn’t until the night before he sat down and started writing. He said, he sat there and he thought about the people who had the greatest impact on his life, and realized none of them were famous.They were people like his Sunday School teacher, youth leaders, neighbors and his pastor. He wrote this song, and sang it the next morning. The song was sung in 1997 at Mother Theresa’s funeral. I will read the lyrics

I dreamed I went to heaven, You were there with me
We walked along the streets of gold, beside the crystal sea
We heard the angels singing, then someone called your name,
You turned and saw a young man, he was smiling as he came.

He said Friend, you may not know me now, but then he said but wait,
You used to teach me Sunday School, When I was only eight
Every week you would say a prayer, before the class would start,
One morning when you said that prayer, I asked Jesus in my heart.

Then another man stood before you, and said remember the time,
A missionary came to your church, his pictures made you cry
You didn’t have much money, but you gave it anyways,
Jesus took the gift you gave, and that’s why I’m here today.

One by one they came, as far as the eye could see,
Each one somehow touched by your generosity
Little thing that you had done, sacrifices made,
Unnoticed on the earth, heaven now proclaims

And I know up in heaven, that you’re not support to cry,
But I am almost sure, there were tears in your eyes
Jesus took your hand, and you stood before the Lord
And he said my child look around, for great is your reward

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord, I am so glad you gave