Original Song – “Peace Be With You”

Peace Be With You is a gentle, prayerful song intended as a blessing to myself and to others, reminding us of God’s desire to grant us His direction, guidance, blessings, protection, will, plan and peace for our lives.  As we walk this dusty path called life from beginning to end, Jesus offers us His love through grace to bless our lives and bestow on us His gifts – for our benefit, and the benefit of all those who we extend His love to. Ours is a small world that we live in today, and you may just find that the love of Christ working in and through you will touch hearts around the world, “He will take your life where it should go, And He won’t let go, Or let you fall, For the hands of Christ, Can hold all the world, And even you…Peace be with you, Through the Lord, Amen…”

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I recorded my original song “Peace Be With You” on Set 13 in 1997, and it personalizes the words Jesus left us with, “Peace be with you.” May God’s peace be with you all! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Peace Be With You" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Peace Be With You

“In The Name Of The Father”, Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Am        Dm          Am        Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am        Dm          Dm            G

Peace be with you, through the Lord

             C          G                   F   Dm    C

With the Spirit of Christ, in your life every day

           C               G           F      Dm   C

You will know He is there, to guide your way

          Dm       G      C   F

All you have to do, is let go

          Dm         G            F C        G

He will take your life where it should go

           Am         G      Am Dm F

And He won’t let go, or let you fall

           G            F              F  C G       F               Dm  C

For the hands of Christ, can hold all the world, and even you

Verse Two:

Am        Dm          Am        Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am        Dm          Dm            G

Peace be with you, through the Lord

        C         G              F       Dm       C

Look around you, at the world God has made

        C            G                      F      Dm    C

Even birds and flowers, and the grass in the field

      Dm    G        C        F

Are taken care of by the Lord

         Dm      G       F   C   G

If you let Him so He will for you

        Am      G             Am Dm F

Take care of you, if you let Him in

          G             F        F  C    G         F             Dm  C

He will guide your life, in all you do may peace, be with you

Verse Three:

Am        Dm          Am        Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am        Dm          Dm            G

Peace be with you, through the Lord

            C            G                      F   Dm    C

May the will of the Lord, guide your life every day

           C           G                 F     Dm C

Give to Him who brought you, into this world

              Dm  G          C        F

With you life’s work, in all you do

               Dm          G            F    C G

Praise the Lord your God, who made you

      Am    G      Am Dm F

And has a plan, just for you

         G        F       F       C     G           F                  Dm  C

If you let Him in, to guide your life, then peace, will be with you

Am         Dm         Am         Am  Dm

Peace be with you, peace be with you

Am         Dm         Dm            G       G    C

Peace be with you, through the Lord, A-men

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Original Song – “Open Your Heart”

Open Your Heart is a soft, gentle and rhythmic song about the nature, essence and wonder of love.  There’s a permeable and diffusive nature about love that allows it to pass into every heart and soul in the world – requiring only an invitation to welcome it in.  A decision to love, while personal, has a far-reaching effect on not only your own life, but also on the world around you.  The nature of love is to be given away, and the essence of that gift multiplies exponentially through other hearts in like manner – flowing like a never-ending river.  Yet, in giving love away, it returns to the giver in greater portions than when first given.  The wonder of love is in its strength and power for something without form or substance, yet in our world nothing holds a greater strength, power or transformative ability – because love is supernatural and divine in nature. For love can pierce the darkest nights, soften the hardest hearts, bring together and mend what was torn apart, and heal what was broken and ailing.  In love, there are no litmus tests, barriers to entrance, degree requirements, examinations, side-by-side comparisons, levels of ability or any previous experience required at all. In fact, love is open to all who choose to love without exception – all that’s needed is a willing desire and the decision to say yes to love, “If you just open up your heart, It will lead, You to people, All around you, Who need the love you hold, If you share it, With each other, You will find it always grows…”

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I recorded my original song “Open Your Heart” as a demo on Set 14 in 1997, and it speaks to opening your heart and sharing your love with the world, “Open your heart, to the world, And your love, will always grow, And you will always know, That you are loved…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Open Your Heart" (1 of 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Open Your Heart" (2 of 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Open Your Heart

“In The Name Of The Father”, Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

       C                             Am

Look around you, can you feel it

         G                F

All the love in your life

          C                   Am

All you have to, do is open

            G                    F

Up your heart and let it in

               C                  F

There are people, all around you

       Dm                     C

Who hold the love you need

         G             Am       G

If you just open up your heart

Em    F

It will lead

          C                   Am

You to people, all around you

       G                         F

Who need the love you hold

         C                         Am

If you share it, with each other

           G                  F

You will find it always grows

     C                       F

For love, has no boundaries

   Dm                C

It crosses every line

         G                  Am           G

In the world we are brothers in love

Em        F

You and I

(Note – substitute ‘sisters’ or ‘a family’ above for ‘brothers’ as desired by the vocalist)

Chorus:

F              C        C     F

Open your heart, to a world

F                G      Em         F

Where your love, needs to go

F        C    C         F

If you do, you will find

F             C               G

That your love always grows

Em       Am      F        G

Always grows, always grows

G              F        F        G

Open your heart, to the world

G           C            C        Am

And your love, will always grow

                  F        G

And you will always know

                   C

That you are loved

Verse Two:

             C                  Am

Take the time to, look around you

       G                              F

At a world that needs your love

          C                         Am

People need to, share the love

             G                 F

That you hold in your heart

           C                    F

For the people, of the world

      Dm                    C

Are just like you and me

     G          Am           G

We all need love to survive

Em     F

In this world

    C                          Am

So believe me, when I tell you

          G                  F

All you need to do is love

         C                    Am

All the people, in the world

              G                     F

That you see from day to day

           C                   F

For the love, you hold inside

   Dm                      C

Is all the world really needs

         G            Am           G

If you give your love, it will grow

Em     F

Every day

Original Song – “Live As One”

Live As One is a similar song to Masquerade in that the singer’s commentary about our world poses an alternative view of how things could be, if the world would only embrace love as a way of life.  In ‘Live As One’ the singer’s one, “Who dreams of a world, that is safe and warm, Who dreams of a day, when all children born, Can grow up to be, who they want to be, And the world can live as one…In love.” In ‘Masquerade’ the singer sang, “Let’s build a world based on love, build a world we can be proud of, instead of a masquerade.”  In either case, the singer pleads for the world to open its eyes and wake up to the possibility of building a world focused first and foremost on loving one another – “If everyone, could only see, That love holds the key, to all we do, That love is the way, in all things we do…Then the world could live as one, In love.”

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I recorded my original song “Live As One” as a demo on Set 14 in 1997, and it speaks to the world living together as one, “I look around, at the world I see, I don’t believe, it is only me, Who dreams of a world, that is safe and warm, Who dreams of a world, when all children born…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Live as One" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Live As One

“In The Name Of The Father”, Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

  D9sus4                 D9sus4 F

I look around, at the world I see

  D9sus4               D9sus4 F

I don’t believe, it is only me

        Fsus4         F                  Fsus4     F

Who dreams of a world, that is safe and warm

        Gsus4        G                 Gsus4   G

Who dreams of a day, when all children born

       Asus4       A                  Asus4   A

Can grow up to be, who they want to be

            Em          D        A

And the world can live as one

            Em          D        A

And the world can live as one

    D        G     Em D        A

In love, in love, in love, in love

               D            G    Em D

The whole world can live as one

Verse Two:

  D9sus4                    D9sus4      F

I think about, how the world could be

   D9sus4            D9sus4 F

If everyone, could only see

       Fsus4             F         Fsus4 F

That love holds the key, to all we do

       Gsus4       G            Gsus4      G

That love is the way, in all things we do

        Asus4      A               Asus4 A

If we could just love, every one around

              Em            D        A

Then the world could live as one

              Em            D        A

Then the world could live as one

    D        G     Em D        A

In love, in love, in love, in love

               D            G     Em      D

The whole world live together as one

Verse Three:

      D9sus4                 D9sus4 F

The days go by, we can only try

     D9sus4                 D9sus4     F

To love the world, and hope someday

        Fsus4         F                   Fsus4    F

That dreams of a day, when the world is one

         Gsus4         G                  Gsus4 G

Come true and we see, when the day is done

     Asus4 A                  Asus4   A

All people sing, that the world is one

           Em        D         A

And we live together as one

           Em        D         A

And we live together as one

    D        G     Em D        A

In love, in love, in love, in love

               D            G     Em      D

The whole world live together as one

Original Song – “Merry Christmas”

Merry Christmas is an alternative type of Christmas song.  It isn’t an upbeat ‘candy canes and presents’ Christmas song, but instead looks at the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place – to have a personal relationship with Jesus – the humble babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.   It also speaks to the world waiting for you to help bring the light, love and hope of Christ to them through your relationship with Him.

The unfortunate truth is that the true meaning, message and gift of Christmas has become lost in the modern focus on materialism these days.  Yet the world is full of people in all countries and continents that have been left out of Christmas and the Good News of Jesus Christ.  There is so much to be done in our world and this song reminds us as Christians to, “Go to the world tonight, To bring the people light, For the world waits for you, To bring them the news, Of Christ, tonight, tonight…Merry Christmas…”

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I recorded my original song “Merry Christmas” in two takes on Set 14 in 1997, and I’ll share both of them with you today. It’s another alternative Christmas song of mine that speaks to having a personal relationship with Jesus to bring the light, love and hope of Christ to the world, “Go to the world tonight, To bring the people light, For the world waits for you, To bring them the news, Of Christ, tonight, tonight…Merry Christmas…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Merry Christmas" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Merry Christmas

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Chorus: (The song begins with the Chorus and then alternates with the verses before ending with the chorus.)

G             Dm      G       Dm     G

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

G             Dm      G       Dm      G       Dm

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, to you

    Dm      G      Dm

To all the world tonight

    Dm      G      Dm

To all the world tonight

    C        C      G

To all the world tonight

G             Dm      G       Dm      G       Dm

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, to you

Verse One:

            F    G    G

How do you feel tonight?

             C   G    Dm

Are you saved tonight?

            Dm             C          G

Do you walk in your Savior’s light?

            F         G             C

Do you let Him guide your life?

     G          C         G

Tonight, tonight, tonight

Verse Two:

           F       G      G

In the whole world tonight

               C        G        Dm

There are people crying tonight

            Dm             C         G

Without knowing the love of Christ

              F              G       C

Can you guide them to the light?

    G        C         G

Of Christ, tonight, tonight

Verse Three:

      F             G           G

For today our Lord was born

             C       G       Dm

To bring light into the world

     Dm     C        G

To wipe away the tears

             F           G        C

To bring hope instead of fear

      G         C         G

Tonight, tonight, tonight

Verse Four:

     F        G      G

Go to the world tonight

    C            G        Dm

To bring the people light

           Dm       C        G

For the world waits for you

     F       G           C

To bring them the news

    G             C         G

Of Christ, tonight, tonight

Original Song – “Noel”

Noel is the sweetest Christmas song that I’ve written.  To visualize this song, I see and hear a children’s choir singing it in a beautiful Cathedral, with hand-held Christmas bells used throughout the song. The beginning of each verse repeats the word, “Noel” four times in a row – each time changing a few notes in pitch, harmonizing with the others as they echo off of the Cathedral’s walls.  This song uses the innocence of children and the crisp and clear Christmas bells to announce to the world that, “Christ is King, Noel.”  So sit back and close your eyes for a moment and listen with your imagination as the children’s choir sings, “Can you hear the church bells ring?  Noel, Noel.  Can you hear the children sing?  Noel, Noel.”

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I recorded my original song “Noel” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s a Christmas song that speaks to children ringing in the joy of Christmas. While my performance of “Noel” may be a bit rough, my songs aren’t about me at all. This song in particular is written for a children’s choir in a cathedral ringing Christmas bells and announcing the joy of Christmas to the world, “On Christmas day let children sing, Lifting voices high to Christ our King, Noel, Noel…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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"Noel" - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Noel

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

Am G        Am      Dm         G

Noel,     Noel,     Noel,     Noel

C                                          G           C      G

Can you hear the church bells ring?  Noel, Noel

C                                    G            C      G

Can you hear the children sing?  Noel, Noel

     C                         F

On Christmas Day let church bells ring

            C               G

Throughout the land for all to hear

     C                         F

On Christmas Day let children sing

          C                  G                           F      G

Lifting voices high to Christ our King, Noel, Noel

             F           G               F           G

Christ is King, Noel, Christ is King, Noel

Verse Two:

Am G       Am       Dm         G

Noel,     Noel,     Noel,     Noel

C                            G              C      G

Can you feel the joy inside?  Noel, Noel

C                             G              C      G

Can you feel the love inside?  Noel, Noel

       C                      F

That Christ has given to us all

    C                       G

Through His birth in Bethlehem

       C                         F

That Christmas Day so long ago

      C                  G                         F      G

Rejoice for all the world to know, Noel, Noel

             F           G               F          G

Christ is King, Noel, Christ is King, Noel

Verse Three:

Am G       Am        Dm        G

Noel,     Noel,     Noel,     Noel

C                                 G             C      G

Let the church bells ring today, Noel, Noel

C                            G            C      G

Let the children sing today, Noel, Noel

      C                     F

We raise our voices to the Lord

          C                                  G

As the church bells ring and the children sing

      C                        F

For we are Christians and our Lord

             C                    G                         F      G

Came to live with us on Christmas Day, Noel, Noel

             F           G               F           G              F           G      C

Christ is Lord, Noel, Christ is Lord, Noel, Christ is Lord, Noel, Noel

F      C

A-men

Original Song – “Just As I Have Loved You”

Just As I Have Loved You, is derived from the New Testament verse found in John 13:34-35, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (New International Version – Used With Permission)  Some Bible versions use the translation, “Just as I have loved you” in verse 34 – which is what I have used in my song – reminding us that just as Jesus has loved us – we are to love one another.

The reality of Christmas is that while TV portrays the perfect Christmas, the truth is that for every family that has a wonderful Christmas there are many who are left out of Christmas.  For more reasons than can be counted, individuals and families fall through the cracks during the holidays, and don’t experience a, “picture perfect storybook Christmas” filled with the holiday warmth of a loving family, long-time cherished friends and wonderful gift exchanges with those who are near and dear to them.

It is Jesus Christ who reminds us to do what we can to seek out those who would be alone or not participating in Christmas, so we can show them the love of Jesus at Christmas – just as He first loved us.  For Jesus is the meaning of the Christmas season, and He wants our focus to be on going out into the world to love one another, “So go out into the world, With the joy of Christmas Day, And spread the love of Christ, on your way…”

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I recorded my original song “Just As I Have Loved You” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s an alternative Christmas song that doesn’t focus on all the traditional joys of the Christmas season. It focuses instead on the message Christ carries to us with His birth in Bethlehem, one of loving one another – especially those who don’t know the true meaning of Christmas or aren’t in a position to celebrate it in the traditional sense. “There are people, on Christmas Day, Who are lost, and alone…So go out into the world, With the joy of Christmas Day, And spread the love of Christ, on your way…” Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

"Just As I Have Loved You" - Pg 1, "In The Name of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Just As I Have Loved You" - Pg 2, "In The Name of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Just As I Have Loved You

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

               G               Em

There are people, on Christmas Day

             F            C

Who are lost, and alone

        G             Em

Their lives, are empty

            F                 C

As they sit alone, at home

          G                    Em

We all love Christmas Day

           F               C

What a joy it is for us

      G              Em

For Christ was born

     F                   C

To wash our sins away

          Dm                C

But as we rejoice on Christmas Day

Dm                             C

Remember what Christ had to say

    G                                Em         F        C

“I command you that you love, one another

C        G                  Em                    F    C

Just as I have loved you” – love each other

    G                               Em          F        C

“I command you that you love, one another

C        G                 Em

Just as I have loved you”

         F                G

So go out into the world

             Am                   G

With the joy of Christmas Day

       F                         G                      C

And spread the love of Christ, on your way

Verse Two:

               G                Em

There are families, on Christmas Day

            F                                C

Without homes, or any place to stay

               G                      Em

There are people, that are hungry

       F                        C

And cold on Christmas Day

          G                    Em

We all love Christmas Day

           F               C

What a joy it is for us

      G              Em

For Christ was born

     F                  C

To wash our sins away

      Dm                        C

But remember those on Christmas Day

            Dm                         C

Without much to give thanks for that day

    G                Em         F          C

As Jesus loves us, go to them in love

C         G                    Em        F  C

Give to them a helping hand, in love

    G               Em          F          C

As Jesus loves us, go to them in love

C         G                    Em

Give to them a helping hand

         F                       G

Show them the love of Christ

              Am                      G

That you hold on Christmas Day

       F                         G                  C

And spread the love of Christ, every day

Verse Three:

      G              Em

The world, is a cold place

          F                     C

If you don’t, know the Lord

       G                    Em

Without His love, to guide your life

       F                      C

You find yourself, all alone

          G                    Em

We all love Christmas Day

           F               C

What a joy it is for us

     G              Em

For Christ was born

     F                   C

To wash our sins away

         Dm                             C

So on Christmas Day think of those out there

       Dm                C

Who sit alone without the love

    G                  Em               F               C

Of Christ in their lives, give to them your love

C         G                       Em           F  C

So that they will come to know, the love

    G                   Em              F               C

Of Christ in their lives, give to them your love

C         G                       Em

So that they will come to know

       F         G

The love of Christ

             Am                        G

That you have on Christmas Day

      F                     G               C       F     C

The world needs to share, your love, A-men

Original Song – “Eyes Of A Child”

Eyes Of A Child is a Christmas song of mine that describes the simple joys of Christmas through the eyes of a child.  Every parent sees and experiences the anticipation building in their children during the Christmas season, culminating in their pure joy and delight on Christmas morning!  The song then transitions to recall the memories of Christmases past when we, too, were small children.  So take a moment and step into the wonder and cherished memories of Christmas through the eyes of a child – Merry Christmas to one and all!

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I recorded my original song “Eyes Of A Child” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s a Christmas song that speaks to the joy and delight of children at Christmastime. It also recalls the memories of Christmases past, when we, too, were children ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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"Eyes Of A Child" (Pg 1) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved"Eyes Of A Child" (Pg 2) - "In The Name Of The Father", Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Eyes Of A Child

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C                 Am              G

Lights on the tree burning bright

C            Am          G

Love and joy fill the night

     F          G            C              Am

As children dream of Christmas Day

       Dm                         G

Fast asleep on Christmas Eve

          F            G       C             Am

In the eyes of a child, Christmas Day

         G     Dm           G

Is the best day of the year

C           Am          G

Presents under the tree

 C               Am    G

Wrapped so carefully

        F             G             C           Am

Until Christmas Day when children wake

          Dm                 G

Sitting there so patiently

C          Dm         C             D

Dream, dream of Christmas Day

C                  Dm             G           C

Dream of the joy that you feel that day

F              G          C        F

Christmas Day is a joy to see

          C            Dm  G

In the eyes of a little child

Verse Two:

C                Am     G

Snow falling so gently

C                Am      G

Outside the window tonight

          F             G            C             Am

As we watch the snow fall Christmas Eve

              Dm                  G

While the children quietly sleep

          F            G       C             Am

In the eyes of a child, Christmas Day

         G     Dm          G

Is the best day of the year

C           Am              G

Children dream in the night

C                    Am            G

Wrapped up in blankets so tight

            F             G             C      Am

And on Christmas Day when they awake

             Dm                          G

They will run to the Christmas tree

C          Dm         C             G

Dream, dream of Christmas Day

C                  Dm             G          C

Dream of the joy that you feel that day

F              G           C       F

Christmas Day is a joy to see

          C           Dm   G

In the eyes of a little child

Verse Three:

C           Am            G

Thinking back years ago

C            Am         G

When we were children

F              G             C              Am

Dreaming dreams of Christmas Day

          Dm                      G

As we slept on Christmas Eve

          F            G       C             Am

In the eyes of a child, Christmas Day

         G     Dm           G

Is the best day of the year

C                 Am        G

Do you remember the joy

C           Am                    G

That you found Christmas Day

                  F         G          C             Am

(When you) were a child on Christmas Day

               Dm                      G

With your presents under the tree

C          Dm         C             G

Dream, dream of Christmas Day

C                  Dm             G           C

Dream of the joy that you feel that day

F              G          C        F

Christmas Day is a joy to see

          C           Dm   G

In the eyes of a little child

       C             Dm          G

Fast asleep on Christmas Eve

G                C

Dream your dreams

Original Song – “How Could I Serve Him”

“How Could I Serve Him” is another tender, heartfelt and very personal Christmas song of mine, as I use myself as a template for the main character of the song – in this case a lowly donkey.  Like the donkey I ask, “What could I ever do for God?”  In this case, God found two very important jobs for the donkey to do – and changed his entire perspective of what he was capable of doing for God.  The meaning of the song is that God sees our hearts through and through, and has a perfect plan for our lives and for what He needs us to do!

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I recorded my original song “How Could I Serve Him” on Set 13 in 1997, and it looks at both the first Christmas day and the events of Easter through the eyes of a lowly donkey. We all feel sometimes like a donkey or worse, with nothing to offer anyone let alone to God ~ but He knows our hearts through and through and has a perfect plan for us ~ no matter what we can do! Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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How Could I Serve Him?

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

 C                 F       F             C

“How am I to ever, serve my God?

C                 F       F             C

How am I to ever, serve my God?”

             F                G

Said the donkey one day

 Em    Am      Am              Dm   F

“I am nothing more than a lowly beast

         G         G           F         F

Just a humble soul among the least

    G        F               F       C  G   Em  F

Of all the world what could, I, do, for, God?

                  G      C

How could I serve Him?”

C            Dm      C       F

Then one day an angel came

    F           C      G

To whisper in his ear

 G       F        F          C        Am

“For unto the world a Savior comes

       F                 F           G

And here’s God’s plan for you

     Am             Am                     G

He knows your heart through and through

       Am            Am           G

And here’s what you are to do

Em     F      F           G

Carry Mary on your back

     F       C

To Bethlehem

       F            C          F    C  G

And you shall see, the Christ Child”

Verse Two:

 C                 F       F            C

“How am I to ever, serve my Lord?

C                 F       F            C

How am I to ever, serve my Lord?”

            F                 G

And the donkey went forth

 Em      Am         Am             Dm       F

“I have seen the Christ Child with my eyes

          G           G            F           F

I have seen the love that filled His eyes

     G       F       F        C  G Em F

But I am just a beast, of, burden

                   G       C

What could I do for Him?”

C      Dm    C              F

After many years went by

     F       C          G

An angel came to Him

G   F              F       C          Am

He said, “God has a plan for you

      F                F     G

and needs your help again

     Am             Am                     G

He knows your heart through and through

       Am            Am           G

And here’s what you are to do

Em      F                       G

As you stand beside the colt

               F           C

You must guide his path

      F       G             F C  G

For on his back, will ride Christ”

Verse Three:

 C                 F       F             C

“How am I to ever, serve my Lord?

C                 F       F            C

How am I to ever, serve my Lord?”

            F                    G

And the donkey led the way

Em Am  Am     Dm     F

Into Jerusalem Christ rode

       G           G         F    F

On a colt that donkey led along

    G     F         F     C      G Em F

He was just an old, gray, donkey

                     G      C

What could he ever do?

C    Dm      C             F

And he was there that day

    F            C        G

To hear the people say

 G       F           C     Am

“Hosanna in the highest

      F         F  G

The son of David”

      Am                Am                      G

The Lord knew his heart through and through

      Am       Am     G

And needed him to do

Em  F                G

The work of the Lord

      F             C

The same for you

      F               G           F C G

The Lord has a plan, for you too

G             F        F          C    F   C

No matter what, you can do, A-men

Original Song – “Light Of Christ”

Light Of Christ is one of a number of very personal Christmas songs that I’ve written which have affected me and deepened my faith as I put myself in the part of one of the song’s characters – in this case a little shepherd boy – who personally receives the Light of Christ at the foot of the manger in Bethlehem.  Like the little shepherd boy, I have no gift fitting to give the Lord – so I have asked Jesus to give me His light, the Light of Christ – that will always be with me in my life.  The Truth of Jesus shines brightest through the simple perspective of children in their purity and their innocence. May we all adopt childlike hearts, and look at our world through the simple love of a child…as given to us by our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.

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I recorded my original song “Light Of Christ” on Set 13 in 1997, and it’s a Christmas song that looks at the very first Christmas through the eyes of a little shepherd boy. It’s one of a number of personal Christmas songs that I’ve written, as I look back at the events of over 2,000 years ago through the eyes of the characters in my songs ~ enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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Light Of Christ

“In The Name Of The Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

              C                       F

He was a shepherd boy all alone

F                C         C            F

Tending his father’s flock one night

F                  G      Em      Am

Watching the stars shining bright

        G      Em     F

On a cold, desert night

          C              F

And he saw in the night

   Dm    Em  G         F

A single star shining brighter

        C            C        G

Than he’d ever seen it before

G       F                   F

As he looked to that star

    G                    Am

He wondered how far

   Dm            C        G      Em     F

It was to that special light, in the night

         C               C          F          F

As he stood there on that winter’s night

            C       C                 F         F

Tending sheep beneath that star so bright

F        C                         F        G

There appeared an angel of the Lord

 G   F              G

“Go follow that light

            F        C

To your Savior tonight

            Am   F         C             G

May His light always shine over you”

Verse Two:

                  C                         F

He woke his father up with the news

F                C      C        F

Of what the angel had to say

F            G     Em        Am

And they followed that star

           G        Em     F

Burning bright in the night

            C                F

As they followed the light

Dm     Em  G                F

Of that star through the night

        C          C        G

They came to Bethlehem

G            F                   F

And they saw with their eyes

        G     Am

Their Lord Christ

  Dm                     C           G          Em      F

A babe wrapped in swadling clothes, on that night

            C               C         F          F

As they stood there on that winter’s night

         C               C          F            F

Three Kings came bearing gifts that night

F            C                       F          G

And they heard the angels sing on high

 G        F                 G

“Hallelujah, Christ is King

      F              C

Our Savior will bring

     Am  F   C               G

His light to shine in the world”

Verse Three:

            C                               F

And the shepherd boy standing there

F         C        C          F

Had no gift to give the Lord

F        G        Em         Am

So he bowed down his head

      G    Em  F

And said a prayer

             C         F

“May the light of Christ

Dm     Em G    F

That I followed tonight

C                 C           G

Always shine on in my life

G                F          F

Through the darkest night

      G         Am

The light of Christ

      Dm          C     G    Em    F

Will always be with me, in my life”

         C              C       F         F

As he knelt there at the feet of Christ

       C            C    F                 F

That shepherd boy received the light

F   C                  F          G

Of Christ into his life that night

G         F                       G

And he heard the angels sing

          F                      C

“Glory to the new born King

            Am  F         C              G

May His light always shine over you

Em       F     F      C             F   C

In your life, from tonight”    A-men

Original Song – “Glory To God” (Part Two)

While writing Glory To God, I imagined a large choir and a dramatic hymn praising God; with the hymn cascading down like rapids into a waterfall in the verses beginning with the chord of C, and climbing back up again to the top in the verses beginning with the chord of F – rising and falling in a dramatic and thunderous fashion as the lyrics flow down – as if cascading down out of Heaven itself.  So here is the first song that I ever wrote – a Christmas Song – Glory To God:

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https://livelovethinkexist.com/2010/11/27/original-song-glory-to-god-part-one/

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Glory To God

“In The Name of the Father” – Collected Works Volume XV, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

C  G  C  F           C           F  C   G

Glory to God sing praises, to our Lord

F                  G         F              G

Sing with the angels, sing of His glory —

C   G  C      F                C       F  C   G

Lift up your voice to the glory, of the Lord

——— (Momentary Pause) ———

C    G     C   F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

F                G        F                  G

Heaven and Earth, rejoice in His presence —

C     G      C     F       C             F    C  G

Bow down before the Lord your God today

F              G              F             G

Christ will return one day in His glory —

C  G C    F            C         F  C   G

Sing with choirs of angels, to the Lord

C     G   C    F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

Verse Two:

C   G  C    F            C           F       C    G

Christ was born in a manger, Christmas Day

F             G          F                    G

Mary and Joseph, shepherds and Kings —

C      G      C    F          C        F     C    G

Knelt down before their God in Bethlehem

——— (Momentary Pause) ———

C    G    C    F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

F                G        F                  G

Heaven and Earth, rejoice in His presence —

C     G   C   F        C           F   C   G

Give thanks to the Lord our salvation

F                 G         F              G

Christ is our Savior, let all mankind hear —

C    G C  F                   C         F        C   G

Sing His name with the angels, Christ our Lord

C     G   C    F       C             F       C  G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

Verse Three:

C       G        C   F                C      F       C   G

Come praise His name Hallelujah, Christ our Lord

F             G          F          G

Born in a manger, King of Kings —

C   G  C      F                C       F  C   G

Lift up your voice to the glory, of the Lord

——— (Momentary Pause) ———

C     G    C   F       C             F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

F                G        F                 G

Heaven and Earth, rejoice in His presence —

C  G  C    F                 C             F  C   G

To all the world tell the blessings, of the Lord

F                 G         F            G

Christ is the Savior, of all the world —

C  G C    F            C         F  C   G

Sing with choirs of angels, to the Lord

C                                  G    F       C G

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord

C                                  G

Sing praises to the Heavens

F                 C       F    C  G   F       C G      G   C

Sing praises to the Heavens, Christ is Lord, A-men