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Published on Jul 10, 2011
It was this hymn that inspired the production "Stand Ye Steady -- Songs of Courage and Inspiration".
During the closing credits of the movie "We Were Soldiers", I heard this hymn sung by the Cadet Glee Club of West Point. After listening to it over and over, moved by its reverent lyrics sung to a melody that healed a generation of soldiers so unjustly held in scorn and, at the same time, conveying a comforting eternal Truth, I contacted the Glee Club Director Constance Chase and proposed the production. Many of the Glee Club's followers consider this hymn to be the signature performance of the Glee Club. The opportunity to create "Stand Ye Steady" became a reality in 2004.
What makes this hymn so special is that it is based on Scripture from the Gospel of John, Chapter 14:
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Were there ever more direct and authoritative words spoken by Jesus Christ than, "...if it were not so, I would have told you."
Let us thank the Good Lord for this certainty and let us thank Him for expressing it to us so directly. ":Oh Lord, when the Men and Women defending our Country on ground, sea or in the air, and we Citizens of the United States of America, pray for the shelter of Your invincible hand, let us rest in these Your words.
The performance of "Mansions of the Lord" can be seen and heard on the DVD (in 5.1 Dolby Digital) and CD (stereo) "Stand Ye Steady - Songs of Courage and Inspiration" available at http://www.standyesteady.com and honoring all US Armed Forces past and present. Directed and edited by Doug Coppi of Curtain Call Productions, http://www.curtaincallproductions.com....