Mosie Lister as soon as said, "I sweat blood over most of the songs I write. I work hard at making them what I think they ought to be. However before, 'How Long Has It Been' was one of those rare exceptions that nearly appeared to create itself. It involved me quickly and also conveniently. The creating took little bit more than 10 minutes."

Albert Brumley, author of the famous "I'll Fly Amethod," when claimed "How Long Has It Been" to be best gospel song ever written. When asked, "What about your song?," Brumley answered, "It's not in the same course."

I initially met Mosie Lister while he still made his home in Tampa, Florida. I had the privilege of visiting him tbelow and having him tell me the story behind his many famed song.

Mosie began, "I grew up in a Christian house and was taught to say my prayers prior to going to bed - 'now I lay me dvery own to sleep' and also other childhood petitions. Thstormy the years, we have actually likewise learned to expush our thoughts to God in various other means. It emerged to me at some point that there were, no doubt, many adults who additionally flourished up with those kinds of experiences as kids. I wondered if I might say somepoint in a song that would ask them if they still remembered those prayers; if they remembered talking to God and informing Him, 'I love you.' I believed about asking, 'How lengthy has actually it been considering that you prayed in that way?"

"All of a sudden I realized that I must ask those concerns in a song. I began creating as fast as I could put words and also music on paper. The song was completed in around 10 minutes. I then lhelp it on height of the upappropriate piano and also went around my chores for the day, not thinking a great deal more about it. However before, in five years, it had offered more than 1 million copies in sheet music create and also was videotaped by numerous recording artists. I stopped counting in the 600s."

"How lengthy has it been since you talked with the Lord

And told him your heart's hidden secrets?

How lengthy because you prayed, exactly how lengthy given that you stayed

On your knees 'till the light shone through?

How long has it been considering that your mind felt at ease?

How long considering that your heart kbrand-new no burden?

Can you call him your frifinish how lengthy has actually it been

Due to the fact that you kbrand-new that he cared for you?"

In the lyrics of this song, Mosie not only asked inquiries around our prayer times, he likewise attempts to teach Christians that Christ will hear you as soon as you pray, and also he will store you through the lengthy nights of loneliness and also trouble. These things cause the mind to feel at ease and also make the day "worth the living."

Thanks, Mosie, for those timely concerns and biblical instructions for Christians.

I was constantly delighted when my course crossed Mosie's, in the time of our travels throughout America.


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Mosie Lister passed amethod Feb. 12, 2015.

"Praying constantly with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and

watching thereunto through all perseverance and supplication for all saints." -Ephesians 6:18