“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!” Psalm 96:1-4a

I rarely write on Saturday but I have been struggling lately – with life in general. Maybe you are too so I am posting the lyrics to a song that reminds me where our foundation, as Christians, must stay!!

In the late 1970’s gospel music found its way to southern NJ. Along with my Mom and various siblings, I would drag my two “under 10 yr. old kids,” from church to concert venue; enjoying every moment. I loved the harmony and the pleasure with which the groups worshiped the Lord! Many songs have remained in my heart but especially the one below… “I’ll Keep Holding On to Jesus.” It was recorded in 1972 on the album “Afterglow” by the Kenny Parker Trio (Kenny & Peggy Parker with Elmer Cole) – I was unable to find song’s writer.  However, during my research I found that Kenny Parker lived a short life on earth, meeting Jesus at 49 years old. RIP Kenneth Lamar Parker; you were a light to my world as a Christian. I pray that you enjoy the lyrics below that have carried me through many “valley” days. (As sung by Peggy Parker in 1972)

I’ll keep holding on to Jesus, I’ll keep holding on to Jesus.

I’ll keep holding on to those precious nail scarred hands.

I may not see the road completely, my steps become so weary.

I’ll keep holding to those precious nail scarred hands.

 

As I walk the road of life toward Heaven,

Hills and valleys seem so hard to climb.

And if victory is a little slow in coming.

Remember the hands that held the nails are still the same.

 

I’ll keep holding on to Jesus, I’ll keep holding on to Jesus.

I’ll keep holding on to those precious nail scarred hands.

I may not see the road completely, my steps become so weary.

I’ll keep holding to those precious nail scarred hands.

 

Though sometimes the pathway seems so narrow.

Fear and doubt tend to crowd my mind.

But then I feel the gentle touch of Jesus.

He says, “Child, just keep holding to My hand.”

 

Watch here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T67pELrfZ-g

 

Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society

Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone

Ministry website: www.asistershugs.org

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