Diana Leagh Matthew relates: He Touched Me was the song that propelled Bill Gaitheronto the national stage.
Gaither had been writing songs for years, but nothing struck the chord with the American public the way He Touched Me did.
Gaither stated in an interview that he began writing in “1960” and this was “my fifty-fourth song.”
Gaither was accompanying an “old preacher friend” Dr. Dale Oldham on various crusades. He recalled: “He was a very eloquent speaker. One night after one of those meetings, Dr. Oldham said to me, "Bill, the word 'touch' is a very popular word. It comes up so often in the New Testament stories about Jesus touching people’s eyes and healing them, or touching people’s lives and changing them. It’s a special, spiritual word and you ought to write a song that praises His touch." So I did.”
After the meeting, Gaither, Dr. Oldham and Doug were driving back to Gaither’s home in Anderson, Indiana. The conversation turned to how deeply the Spirit of God was felt during the crusade meetings. Gaither was unable to sleep that night. He could not get the last words the minister said to him when he dropped him off that night out of his mind. The minister said ‘You should write a song that says, ‘He touched me’ oh, He touched me.”
Gaither’s mind mulled over the revival meeting and the heavy laden faces he’d seen in the crowd. He thought about how the meeting transformed them to looks of hope and joy by the end of the meeting.
The next morning, Gaither’s wife, Gloria, awoke to find him still working on the song.
Dr. Oldham’s son, Doug, recorded He Touched Me in 1964. Gaither recalled: “Doug sang it around in church circles, but I think it really started to get popular as people would take it back to their own congregations and sing it as a chorus. Its funny, you write 53 songs and then you write one little baby, and even though it comes out of the womb the same way they all did, this baby just all of a sudden goes BOOM!”
The Gaither Trio recorded the song in later 1964.
Elvis Presley recorded the song in 1971. After releasing the song as a single, he released the album ‘He Touched Me’in 1972. www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m–ptwd_iIHe received a Grammy Award for this album and was named the Best Inspirational Performance for 1972.
Father, I understand that when Your people pray for Your help to be a blessing to others, and accomplish what You want done, each of us is blessed. Make it plain what we're up against, and what it is we need to do to accomplish the Kingdom's work. Cause us to seek Your will in every area that we are involved with. I ask this is the Name of Jesus, Amen.
Today’s Bible verse:(Romans 2:1) "Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things."
Today’s quote: ~ Jamie Sinclair - "We can sin in our thoughts toward sinners if we hate them or are prideful as we look down at them, but what this verse is really stressing is that while we might be more polished or look a little better in the outside, we have sinned and fall short of the same holy standard of perfection.
The mere act of judging that those around us have fallen short is not in itself sinful, but Paul is saying that we fall short of the same standard!"
Some thoughts today: - The bad and good news is, that "we all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ..."
(Rom. 3:23,24) Check out the Scriptures that continue Paul's thoughts, and see what his conclusion is.
- As we are in need of eating regularly to replenish our bodies, we also have a need to read God's Word, so we can become healthy spiritually.
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~Rugosa rose~ Val discovered this recently on a rainy, cold day in the North Country!
The Tally by Debbie McEwen "The leaves are falling The colors have been glorious Some hopeful flowers still bloom The days are cooler for the most part Snow is predicted on Sunday Most of my outdoor jobs are done for the year. The season is changing The ground is getting ready for its long sleep I reflect on what has been and what is to come A lot was accomplished More jobs are planned for next year The cycle continues So many bright and so many bittersweet memories How many are to come? How much will I accomplish? When I lie down to sleep for the last time, what will the tally be?"