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Posted By: masato sakurai
07-Sep-01 - 08:33 AM
Thread Name: Ly/Chds Req. Stand by Me-Gospel
Subject: RE: Ly/Chds Req. Stand by Me-Gospel
Excerpt from Bernice Johnson Reagon, "Searching for Tindley," in her edited book, We'll Understand It Better By and By: Pioneering African American Gospel Composers (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992, p. 45):

A recurring theme in Tindley's songs and sermons is the belief that true change or release from worldly bondage can be attained only through struggle. This theme received wide acceptance within the Black oral tradition. In his sermon "The Furnace of Affliction," Tindley urged his listeners to go willingly through the furnace in order to find a space free of the heat, to find the highest grade of gold and silver within the human spirit: "I welcome this morning, all the persecutions, unkindnesses, hard sayings and whatever God allows to come upon me. I welcome the hottest fire of trials if it is needed for my purification. Oh, the things that we have in our lives that can never go in heaven are more numerous than we are apt to think. They must all be taken out before we leave this world. God's way to get them out may be the way of the furnace" (Tindley 1932). Several of his songs use the image of going through life as a storm. In each there is both the withstanding of the storm and the promise of the other side.[Reagon quotes after this passage "Stand by Me" (1916) and "The Storm Is Passing Over, Hallelujah" (1916)]