RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
AND LIFE AT THE PARSONAGE,"
From the Autobiography of Erling Jordahl,
to The Good Life in the Church, Church Family, and Society
of Rural South Dakota in the 1920s
Mine Oine lukkes til
Se, o Fader, venig ned
Til mit dunkle Hvillested!
Har idag jeg syndet, Gud,
Slet min synd da naadig ud!
Herrens Naade, Jesu Blod,
Gjor jo hver en Uret god.
Alle dem, som jeg har kjaer,
Maend og kvinder sjern or naer,
Smaa or store, hever in slaegt,
Tag dem i din baretaegt!
My eyes are closing.
Look down, oh Father, with compassion
To me in my dark, resting place!
Wipe out my sin by Your grace,
Lord's grace and Jesus' blood,
Yes, you are always good.
Men and women far and near,
Small and large, all nations on earth,
Take them in Your protective care!
Copyright (c) 1999, Erling Jordahl, All Rights Reserved
Now our note, which could be the most important thing you read in your life: Belief in Jesus Christ, not just the value-enhancing culture of the church, not only matters, it is truly a matter of LIFE or DEATH, now and eternally! Galatians 6:14,15: "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation."
How do we become a new creation in Christ? How do we become true, forgiven, blood-bought children of God? Use God's Perfect Remedy for Sin: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."--Romans 6:23.
Then how do we accept and obtain this Gift of Grace and Eternal Life in Jesus Christ, which is Himself, given to us by the Spirit? "For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Call on His saving name! Then simply pray to God: "Confessing to God that I am a Sinner, and believing that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross and was raised for my justification, I do now receive and confess Him as my personal Savior." If you believe as a child with faith, call on His saving name Jesus, and pray and confess to Him in this simple way, the Lord will surely make you a full child of God, forgiven, washed of all your sins by His blood shed for you on the Cross at Calvary, and you are made instantly an heir to Eternal Life in heaven with all the privileges of a child of God and son of God! Congratulations, and see you at the Pearly Gates of the Celestial City!--Editors
June 28, 2000
Ron, thank you for your kind words about the excerpts I sent to parl from my autobiography.
Yes, you may use portions, or all that I sent to you. However, I would ask that I be credited for whatever you use. This crediting should include my name, and that my father, Pastor Edward Jordahl, served the Bryant, Garfield and Bethany parishes from 1922 to 1931.
Also, would you pleace let me know when this is posted, and where I could access it for viewing.
Here is a bit of additional information you may not know. My Dad and mother had 6 children, all still living. I am the eldest, now 83 years old.