Să strălucești!

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Tu ne­-aduci dimineața zorii,
Raza Ta-­ndepărtează norii;
Vrem, Isuse, în inima rece
Să pătrundă lumina Ta dulce,
Să strălucești! Să strălucești!
Să strălucești! Raza Ta să străbată lumea.
Cu Duhul Tău să ne-­aprinzi inima!
Peste pământ adevărul cel sfânt revarsă,
Dragostea Ta să domnească etern!
Fericire avem în Tine,
Bucurie și în suspine,
Tu, Isuse, ești Candela noastră,
Ne conduci către zarea albastră,
Tu strălucești! Tu strălucești!
Compusă în 1987. S1RS2R x2

Versiunea Originală

Shine, Jesus, Shine by Graham Kendrick Lord, the light of your love is shining In the midst of the darkness, shining Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us Set us free by the truth you now bring us Shine on me, shine on me Shine, jesus, shine Fill this land with the father's glory Blaze, spirit, blaze Set our hearts on fire Flow, river, flow Flood the nations with grace and mercy Send forth your word Lord, and let there be light Lord, i come to your awesome presence From the shadows into your radiance By the blood i may enter your brightness Search me, try me, consume all my darkness Shine on me, shine on me As we gaze on your kingly brightness So our faces display your likeness Ever changing from glory to glory Mirrored here may our lives tell your story Shine on me, shine on me

Povestea din Spate (EN)

Graham Kendrick was thinking about what it would be like to see something spread in 1987. Not just for a few yards or even a few miles. Not just temporarily, either. “Shine, Jesus, Shine” was his dream for his homeland in the British Isles. It ended up perhaps travelling more broadly than he expected, and it’s still being sung, so who knows how long it will endure. Its development wasn’t just a one-stop effort either, coming in fact over a months-long period. What’s that say about Him and me, and about how His purposes might be accomplished?

Graham Kendrick was born and lives in Britain’s Croydon, in South London, and has much more on his resume about evangelism than one song. The movement known as March for Jesus began in 1987, coinciding with the origin of “Shine, Jesus, Shine”. So, if one really wants to know about the song, look into this march. It began in just one place in the United Kingdom – London -- through the collaboration of three church groups. It was a modest beginning, with the first one called City March. If Kendrick’s song was written then, that should tell us that his vision for the march was rather confined, at least until maybe the song spoke of something more. The song really is a prayer, asking the God-Son to do something only He can do. Kendrick says the three original verses were written first, with the chorus coming several months later. Look into the verses, versus the chorus, and something sticks out that suggests Kendrick’s vision, though limited at first, must have grown over that several month span. From a ‘City March’-type beginning, the song’s chorus mushrooms the evangelism into ‘nations’ where the message and person of Jesus could travel. By 1994, the march to spread Jesus’ name had gone into 170 nations, across all time zones, to millions of people. And, the song is widely used in hymnals throughout the world.

Shine, Jesus. He listens when someone asks Him to do that, but perhaps not the way we might expect. Graham Kendrick’s experience writing the song and organizing the March for Jesus tells a story. His light may be like the light He places in the sky. At dawn, I can look at it easily, without shades. It doesn’t seem like very much, and there may even still be shadows and dimness…turn on those headlights. But it grows, gradually, inexorably, so that its brilliant presence cannot be avoided. It might even burn you. Or, it can bring blessed warmth on a chilled day. That’s like Him. He will shine, if I ask Him to, just not all at once. Keep asking, and watch what He does!

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Information on the song was obtained from“The Complete Book of Hymns – Inspiring Stories About 600 Hymns and Praise Songs”, by William J. and Ardythe Petersen, 2006.