March 2012

Mel's Meditation - March 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

I don’t know if you remember Robert Lowry or not, but if you’ve been involved with
a church for any length of time, you’ve probably seen his name. He lived from 1826 to
1899, and was a rather famous Baptist minister. He studied theology and graduated
from Bucknell University in 1854. He served several churches in the east, and served as
a faculty member and chancellor at Bucknell (at the time named Lewisburgh). Despite
being a successful pastor and teacher, those things are not what he is known for, and
probably not where you’ve seen his name. What he is famous for is writing music, more
specifically hymns.

Robert Lowry wrote over 500 compositions. His more famous ones include:
"Nothing But the Blood," "Low in the Grave He Lay"," "Shall We Gather At The River?,"
and "How Can I Keep From Singing?" He also wrote the music and refrain for "Marching
to Zion". It was in thinking about the month of March and marching, that made me curious
concerning who wrote “We’re Marching to Zion”? In our hymn book it is listed under,
“Come, We That Love the Lord”, and if you turn to page 550 in our green hymnals you
will find Robert’s name. I like the song and I think it’s important that we know where
we’re going and it’s important to remind ourselves where we are going, so we can keep
our focus. We are marching toward Zion, which has a duel meaning of Jerusalem and
the city of God.

Sometimes, we can get too busy or distracted and we forget where we are going.
Paul wrote in Galatians: let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we
shall reap if we do not lose heart. He also wrote in Philippians: I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. He wanted to remind us to stay
focused on the most important things in life, so we could get where we are going. We
can all march to the beat of our own drummer, as long as the drummer in Jesus. If we
do that we will all be marching to Zion, the beautiful city of God.

God Bless, Pastor Mel Zumbrun

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