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PostPosted: August 15th, 2010, 5:40 pm 
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chorus from the old song...

We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
© Deb Rempel 2010


Verse One
We’re leaving our grudges behind;
Letting our Savior
Inhabit our minds.
We’re showing forgiveness;
Living our witness –

Chorus
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder –
Children of the Lord.

Verse Two
We’re facing our future with faith;
Following Jesus,
With joy, unafraid.
We’re leaving our sorrows;
Touching tomorrow.

Chorus

Bridge
No longer pretending,
Living out lies;
Together ascending,
As truth fills our lives!
Believing Christ freed us
From all guilt and blame,
We’re running to Jesus
And throwing off chains!

Chorus

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PostPosted: August 16th, 2010, 10:26 am 
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dodes,

wanting a comparison, i went to the original, http://lyrics.astraweb.com/display/486/hymns..unknown..we_are_climbing_jacobs_ladder.html, where i'm reminded how originally this was a repetitous children's song.

a revision for those that have grown now. kewl idea! :applause:

as the first line begins "We’re leaving our grudges behind", a parallel is seen to leaving childish behavior behind.

the chorus of climbing the ladder is a great illustration of pressing on.

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Thank you - Mark? Cool how this came to me - I was discussing leaving behind my own issues of grudges and failure, someone was helping me. They encouraged me to take it to the Lord and get His word on it. I am having a rail ripped off of my stairway, reengineered, and reinstalled - so the Lord used that as an illustration for how He would do the work in this area to - remove the old, engineer and install the new, and allow me to leave the old burdens behind so I could climb the stairway without hinderances. Whenever i felt fear or failure, when the Lord helped me examine it, the root of it was a grudge I had to forgive or re-forgive. When i shared this with my friend, i realized that i was climbing Jacob's ladder - a gentleman that had many issues with grudges and had to leave them behind in order to get closer to the Lord -
hopefully this is not tmi - but this is how i was inspired to rewrite this old hymn - i thought it was way-cool for me - and it continues to be way- cool as i continue to feel the freedom of the Lord and climb this stairway.

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Dodie,

This is great. I must confess that when I read the title I thought "Yep another song about going to heaven" (not that there would be anything wrong with that but that's what I thought). I love the way you used Jacobs Ladder to relate to climbing out of the pit of the past/old ways. It made that song go from cool....to...COOL!

My only critique would be on the last line of the bridge "throwing off chains" that doesn't fit the climbing/ladder theme, imo, and you now have 2 different analogies going.

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thanks, Lee - funny about the 'another going to heaven' lyric!! i'll think about the last line of the bridge and see if there's a way to, well, step it up!

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Hi Dodie,
I have been busy with the kids and Michael moved back into our house.
Anyway I like the feel of this song until you get to the last line of
the chorus. I do think you can do better on that last line?
Maybe work it differently.
This is just my two cents but it seems like a good lively song with
alot to say for the listener.

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thanks - the chorus is the traditional chorus - in my experience it ends, "soldiers of the cross" or this - this is better for the lyric. thanks for the critique - i'll think about it some more, though

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These are nice lryics, would have liked to see you define Jacob's Ladder in this song. But the children's song didn't really do that either. Seems the bridge would have been the perfect place to connect all the dots. But hey that's just me ;-)

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chorus from the old song...

We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
© Deb Rempel 2010


Verse One
We’re leaving our grudges behind;
Letting our Savior
Inhabit our minds.
We’re showing forgiveness;
Living our witness –

Chorus
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder –
Children of the Lord.

Verse Two
We’re facing our future with faith;
Following Jesus,
With joy, unafraid.
We’re leaving our sorrows;
Touching tomorrow.

Chorus

Bridge
No longer pretending,
Living out lies;
Together ascending,
As truth fills our lives!
Believing Christ freed us
From all guilt and blame,
We’re running to Jesus
And throwing off chains!

Chorus

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thanks, Peter - something else to consider. so far, i've considered all suggestions but not made changes - but that could change in the future

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