~I’d Rather Have Jesus
Forty years ago Bev Shea was attending the Bible School in Ottawa (Ontario) where I was teaching. He loved to sing. After more training in New York City he was given an audition at one of the radio stations and was offered a contract.
He asked that he might sing Gospel songs. He was told that he might use one occasionally, but he would have to use the songs on the Hit Parade.
What would he do? His mother was praying.
On Saturday night she placed a poem on the piano. In the morning he composed a tune for it. One verse was: “I’d rather have Jesus than silver and gold: I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame; I’d rather be true to His holy Name!”
Bev turned down the contract.
A short time later he was offered a position with a Chicago radio station where he might use the Gospel songs he loved. While there he met Billy Graham.
The rest of the story is well-known.
—R. Barclay Warren
~I’d Rather Have Jesus
When King George VI and the queen visited Washington, DC, a state dinner was given in their honor. Chief Whitefeather, an Indian, began the program by singing the British anthem. After the applause the chief sang, to the surprise of those present, the hymn whose opening words are, I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold!
Later in the evening, the chief sat near the king and queen. Tactfully he asked the queen, Do you believe on Jesus? The queen replied graciously, He is the Possessor of my heart, and of my husband’s also! The king, smiling, added, I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold!
when i was a child living in my beloved manitoba, my hero was george beverly shea, who we would hear whenever there was a billy graham crusade on tv.
this song in particular i loved.
i just wonder if i will keep as faithful to the lord as geroge beverly shea did and still does.
here he is just a young man singing this song.
and here he is at one hundred years old singing for the same lord.
and my, can't you just see the light on his face that is coming straight from his heart?
i pray that all of the pilgrim pals will be encouraged and that they will all be living for jesus and continue to be praying, affirming, loving and serving!
i will surely be trying myself....love terry