Thursday, July 21, 2016

It Only Takes a Spark

Last week, I wrote about a memory of Summer Youth Camp singing in the Youth Choir. (Read about it Summer Camp: A Turning Point.)

Remembering camp made me think of all the songs we sang there:  of course, the ever-popular "Kumbaya" (I love that it means, Come By Here, Lord) and "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus." Another song that has stuck with me some forty years later is "Pass It On."

It only takes a spark

To get a fire going

And soon all those around

Can warm up in the glowing

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You’ll spread His love

To everyone

You’ll want to pass it on

What a wondrous time is spring

When all the trees are budding

The birds begin to sing

The flowers start their blooming

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You’ll want to sing

It’s fresh like spring

You’ll want to pass it on

I wish for you my friend

This happiness that I’ve found

You can depend on Him

It matters not where you’re bound

I’ll shout it from the mountain top

I want the world to know

The Lord of Love

Has come to me

I want to pass it on

I’ll shout it from the mountain top

I want the world to know

The Lord of Love

Has come to me

I want to pass it on
(Kurt Kaiser)

Of course, I can never think of this song without thinking of Evie Tornquist who made it popular. Here she is, looking all adorably Bohemian, in a YouTube video singing it.

(Subscribers will need to click through to my blog to see it.)

"It only takes a spark to get a fire going," is actually biblical.

In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. James 3:5 NLT

James is talking about the tongue, and a spark of something said can often start a firestorm of controversy (especially on social media). I challenge each of us to carefully examine the "spark" of our words. Are they uplifting? Or trouble-making?
Let's pass on good things - there's enough negativity being spread to last a lifetime.
What have you been passing on?

Mama’s Losin’ It

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt # 1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: sparks. Find out more at Mama's Losin' It.

I'm also sharing today at Arabah Joy and #FreshMarketFriday.


Karen said...

What a great memory! I loved that song! But it wasn't learned at at summer youth camp for me...we actually learned it in a public school glee club. Times surely have changed....

betty said...

I have not heard of this song before, but it sure is a pretty one!


Mama Kat said...

I hadn't heard of that song before and I love that old rendition of it. She IS adorable!

KellyRBaker said...

Kumbaya is going to be in my head now! haha Joining with you to watch what I say. Amen.

Valerie Murray said...

I've sung that song many times before as well. I pray that my words would be those that build up instead of tear down. A great reminder today. I'm visiting from Grace and Truth.

May said...

Once again I am reminded of our parallel lives! Takes me straight back to camp too. Though you have added a new dimension with the video. I didn't realize there was an actual artist associated with this song....just teens at camp!

Deborah Will said...

Jerralea I am singing that song now. I love how you turned it around to talk about our tongues, and truth is it only takes a tiny, tiny spark.

Anonymous said...

You are taking me back for sure. Yikes...and our tongues can create a whole different spark.

Linda Ann Nickerson said...

What musical memories. This brings back my Young Life and Youth for Christ days and summer camps.