Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This Ole House

Henry Hetherington Emmerson (1831-1895 English) 
 Faithful Unto Death
Revelation 2:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
I've been remembering with fondness a song my husband and his friend used to sing in church, "This Ole House," by Stuart Hamblen, who has received his victor's crown.  Thanks to Google I learned the story behind the song.  This is what Mr. Hamblen wrote:

This Ole House
by Stuart Hamblin

"This song was written one cold wintry day in the High Sierra mountain range when I was on a hunting trip. With a hunting companion, I had gone back into a remote section of the country. We were at least twenty miles from the nearest road when we came upon a old prospector's cabin. Although there was snow on the ground there was no smoke coming from the chimney, but I knew the master was at home because a large hound dog was lying on the front porch. Upon entering, we found an old man dead in a back room. I can't say how long he had been dead, for he looked like he was just asleep, but because of the severe weather it might have been some time, and the old hound was nearly starved. 'This Ole House' was the prospector's epitaph." —Stuart Hamblin

This Ole House

This Ole House once knew my children
This Ole House once knew my wife
This Ole House was home and comfort
As we fought the storms of life
This Ole House once rang with laughter
This Ole House heard many a-shout
Now she trembles in the darkness
When the lightnin' walks about.

CHORUS - But, I ain't gonna need this house no longer
Ain't gonna need this house no more
Ain't got time to fix the shingles
Ain't got time to fix the floor
Ain't got time to oil the hinges
Or to mend no window pane
Ain't gonna need this house no longer
I'm a-gettin' ready to meet the saints.

This Ole House Is a-gettin' shaky
This Ole House it's gettin' old
This Ole House lets in the rain
This Ole House lets in the cold
On my knees I'm gettin' chilly
But I feel no fear nor pain
'Cause I see an angel peekin'
Through a broken window pane.

My ole hound dog lies a-sleepin'
He don't know I'm gonna leave
Else he'd wake up by the fireplace
He'd just sit there an' howl and grieve
But my huntin' days are over
We ain't goin' huntin' any more
Gabriel done brought in my chariot
When the wind blew down the door.

1954 by Hamblin Music Inc.

Stuart Hamblen - This Ole House

2 Corinthians 5:1
New International Version (NIV)
Awaiting the New Body

5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

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