From: April Erwin
Testimony and song to share
Thank you for service this morning, the spirit was there and it was so wonderful to feel united with our brothers and sisters in the presence and Spirit of Christ.
Your final scripture that used the word repent 7 times prompted Angel and I to share with you the Children's song that we were inspired to write last Communion Sunday. We've been attending services in the afternoon with Mom at the Heritage House with a small but loving Restoration group. They often have guest speakers, and on last communion the speaker was preaching a call to repentance. A call that was shared in love and kindness rather than fire and brimstone (although there are often times for that...). While hearing him preach, Angel was given an Acronym for the word REPENT. After the service, she wrote it down and showed it to me:
Recognize the sin
Entreat the Lord and
When she showed me the acronym, the first words out of my mouth were, "There's a song in that." I could almost hear the children singing it.
The next morning I got up and while getting ready for the day, the melody and lyrics started coming to me. Soon, Angel and I had finished it together. It was a catchy, fun song. The kind you would learn in Sunday school or Bible school. But the lesson was important and it would help everyone remember the way to repent. We created a video to share with others who might want to learn it and teach other children as well. I posted on Facebook and Youtube and then got busy.
What brought it back to mind and really confirmed it for us even more today, in addition to your scripture, was reciting the Lord's Prayer, where Jesus teaches us to pray, "suffer us not to be lead into temptation". From the very beginning He's been teaching us that not only must we repent of our sin, but then pray earnestly that we won't be tempted again. For Him to grant us strength, yes, but even more, avoidance all together. Angel was even reminded that she was urged to pray this way in her patriarchal blessing years ago.
It was a strong reminder to us, as well as confirmation, that the song we wrote was inspired. I wanted to share the song with you and invite you to share it and the testimony with whomever you feel led, it's there to glorify God. I've attached the video as well as the link directly to youtube where it can be seen. The lyrics are also attached as well as included below. I hope this finds it's home where ever God intends.
Angel and April Erwin
Jesus says repent.
This is what it means to me
Recognize the sin,
Entreat the Lord and
This is how we do
What Jesus tells us to,