A five minute Lent retreat: Fernando Ortega – I stretched out my hands

March 18, 2014

You don’t want to miss this!  A wonderful song by Fernando Ortega (which I just recently discovered on a fairly obscure album), accompanied by a video (more accurately moving impressionist art) which wonderfully illustrates the lyrics of the song.   The combination:  A five minute Lenten retreat wherever you are … !

The song is from an album released in 2008 : The Odes Project, volume 1

Here are the lyrics:

I Stretched Out My Hands (ODE 37)
©Schreiner/The Odes Project

I stretched out my hands to my Lord:
and to my God I raised my voice:
And I prayed with the voice of my heart;
and He heard my cry He heard my cry He heard my cry
Lord have mercy on me for I am a sinner
Lord have mercy on me for I am a sinner
I stretched out my hands to my Lord:
and to my God I raised my voice:
And I prayed with the voice of my heart;
and He heard my cry He heard my cry He heard my cry
Allelu, Alleluia, Allelu, Alleluia Allelu, Alleluia Alleluia
His Word came to me with His answer; with His answer His Word came to me
He gave rest for the weary by the grace of the Lord.
He gave rest for the weary by the grace of the Lord
Hallelujah
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Ode 37
1. I stretched out my hands towards the Lord, and towards the Most High I raised my voice.
2. And I spoke with the lips of my heart, and He heard me when my voice reached Him.
3. His Word came towards me, in order to give me the fruits of my labors;
4. And gave me rest by the grace of the Lord.
Hallelujah

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Updated Music Links from prior years’ devotionals

March 18, 2014

I’m in the process of updating music links in various posts from prior years (especially our 2012 Holy Week devotional series)

Updated music links include:

Dan Schutte:  Behold the Wood.

John Michael Talbot:  Prayer Before the Cross.

both from this Good Friday devotional.

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Michael Card:  Lift Up the Suffering Symbol

from this Good Friday devotional

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By His Wounds (Brian Littrell, Mac Powell, Mark Hall & Steven Curtis Chapman, from the 2007 album Glory Revealed, iTunes link)

Stricken Smitten and Afflicted (Fernando Ortega, from his 2005 Album Beginnings, iTunes link)


both from this Maundy Thursday / Good Friday devotional

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Gethsemane (To See the King of Heaven Fall) –  (by Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristyn Getty, from the albun Have You Heard by Stuart Townend. 2008 )

From this Mandy Thursday devotional.

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The Sacrifice Lamb (by Lamb, from their 1995 album Lamb Favorites)

from this Maundy Thursday devotional post

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Create in Me A Clean Heart.  (John Michael Talbot and Terry Talbot, from their 1980 album, The Painter, iTunes link)

from this Ash Wednesday Devotional

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More updated links coming soon….


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