What is your Stone? 5 Songs from the HeartMarch 18, 2016 10:17 pm
We have just returned from our trip to the wondrous land of Israel and we’re all glowing from the experience. I have been going to Israel for 45 years and it never ceases to bless me and transform me from the inside out. I’m happy to share some of the pictures that chronicle our journey, along with a few words about the songs David Pomeranz and I had written for the trip.
Lyrics by – Kathie Lee Gifford
Music by – David Pomeranz
Performed, Arranged and Produced by – David Pomeranz
(c) 2016 – CassyCody Music / Upward Spiral Music ASCAP
This was the first song David and I wrote for this project. It’s very descriptive of the Judean wilderness where young David hid for years from King Saul. It reminds us that we still have a Shepherd to care for us in our own personal desert.
I wanted to write a song of gratitude for all my blessings. Simple as that.
“All good and perfect gifts come from above, streaming down from the Father in the heavenly realms who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Nothing is as important to our growth in the faith as learning, memorizing and trusting in what the Word of God has to say. Memorizing Scripture has literally changed my life. “As for God, His way is perfect. His word is flawless. It is a shield for all who find refuge in Him.” Psalm 18:30
Frank and I went to Israel in 2012 and it truly changed Frank’s life. Our visit to the Valley of Elah, where David battled Goliath, was profound. We realized that David was able to conquer the Giant because he came in the name of the God of Israel and David knew Him intimately. RELATIONSHIP with God is far more important than a RELIGION that only superficially affects our life.
“Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
I love the different words for God in the ancient Hebrew Scriptures. This one means “God, Our Creator” and it seemed the perfect song for us to sing at the Fortress of Masada. I wanted it to sound ancient and rooted in Jewish tradition, and David always finds the perfect melody for my lyrics.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:1-14