KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

KEEP ON THE SUNNY SIDE

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Before it got all mainstream, popular, and Holly-wooded, I used to joke that I liked both kinds of music, country and western. Thinking about real country though, in 1899 a woman named Ada Blenkhorn was inspired to write a country kind of hymn by a phrase borrowed from her disabled nephew. He always wanted his wheelchair pushed down “the sunny side” of the street.  Keep on the Sunny Side was recorded by the Carter family in 1928 and it became sort of a family theme song that years later included Johnny Cash as part of the family. The song strikes me as a wonderful down home mini-sermon reflecting today’s scripture passage. Pastor Bill
PS The originalCarter Family lyrics are below and you can find several versions of the song on youtube

Keep On the Sunny Side
 Well there’s a dark and a troubled side of life.
There’s a bright and a sunny side too.
But if you meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.

Oh, the storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear.
Clouds and storms will in time pass away.
The sun again will shine bright and clear.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life.

Let us greet with a song of hope each day.
Though the moments be cloudy or fair.
Let us trust in our Savior always,
To keep us, every one, in His care.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life.

If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life

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