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On July 13, 2019
It Was For Me
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Have a blessed bright and beautiful day! Blessings and Prayers!
Thank you, Cinnamon1965 for this beautiful Worship song!
About the Song (Sally DeFord)
Here you have it: the song that started it. Back in, oh, 1984-ish, a friend asked me to write something for her Relief Society lesson on the atonement. And thus, “It Was for Me” was born, along with an all-consuming, lifelong hobby. The song has morphed a bit, and, come to think of it, so has the hobby.
Some time in 2012 I got an itch to redo the piano part, so the version that Jacosa sings now has a new accompaniment. (It may work with the SATB, but I haven’t tried it.)
I tried (with varying success) to stick with a scriptural paraphrase for the verses, in order to tell the story very simply. The chorus expresses more of my personal feelings.
To the silent garden came Jesus with His disciplesTo the garden of GethsemaneSaid He thenSit ye hereYonder will I go to prayTarry here and watch with me one hour
In dark Gethsemane, there prayed the Son of GodWho said, “Thy will be done,” and dared receive the bitter cupAnd He, the sinless One, suffered all for sinful manAnd His grief and painIt was for meIn dark Gethsemane
Said He thenThe hour is comeHe is near who betrayeth me into the sinners’ handsTakenMockedCrowned with thornsLeft alone and forsakenLeft alone the heavy cross He bore
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