The One I Love the Dearest

by Jerry Paladino

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It is my personal conviction and firm belief resultant from my life experience that there exists a Higher Power, and that this Being is the light and power of Love. As with love itself, we can experience and enjoy this spirit of Love, learn from it, be filled with it, and become better people as a result.

This Love goes way beyond our limited human understanding and in no way can fit perfectly in any of the little boxes called 'religion' that we try to put this Love into...

For me it is most important that we come to KNOW that Love, to sense it and feel it in all it's magnificence...and to let it enlighten us & fill our lives.

The songs on this album are ABOUT that Love, TO that Love, and in some cases messages FROM that Love to us... Please commune with that Spirit of Love as you listen, and let your heart sense and be filled with that Love: the One I love the dearest ....

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released January 19, 2010

Special thanks to Michael Creswell Dooley for another beautiful composition to open this album, and to Sunny James, Jeff, Joni Myers, and Christy Gibson for heartfelt contributions to the recordings of these songs.

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Track Name: Magnificent
It would take a thousand years
To tell a thousandth of an instant in Your love.
The greatest words I can imagine
Just a fragment of a fraction of enough...
Yet my eyes look unto You,
Not on the body of this death,
And in my weakness, Lord, I praise You
With this frail and faltering breath.

Chorus
You are magnificent, You are radiant,
You're indescribable in Your omnipotence
You’re are incredible, incomparable,
And my breathless soul shall whisper
When all other words are spent:
You are Magnificent.

Can this human tongue so earthly
And this heart that’s so unworthy
Sing Your praise?
Yet I know You’re right here listening
As my eyes with tears are glistening,
My hands are raised...
And the feeling is breathtaking
As You lift me up to You,
And the Spirit’s warm embracing
Electrifies Me through and through.

Chorus
You are magnificent, You are radiant,
You're indescribable in Your omnipotence
You are incredible, incomparable,
And my breathless soul shall whisper
When all other words are spent:
You are Magnificent.

Bridge
Now what else can I do
But give My everything to You,
The One who gave Your everything to set me free.
And bright the fire burns within
To worship You, My radiant King
Who reigns on Heaven’s throne eternally.
Track Name: Today More Than Yesterday
Verse 1
I want to say, "Good morning,"
I’ve come to say, "Good day,"
I’m here to say, "I love You,
Today more than yesterday."

Verse 2
I need Your love this morning,
I need Your light today,
I need Your voice to guide me,
Today more than yesterday.

Refrain 1
If I don’t start my day with Your loving face,
If I run ahead in haste,
Then all that’s beautiful seems to slip away,
And I’m left with sorrow in its place.

Verse 3
So, I need Your gentle wisdom,
I need to see my way
I need the fog to vanish,
Today more than yesterday.


Verse 4
I feel Your love surround me,
I feel Your warmth today,
I feel Your arms around me
Today more than yesterday.

Refrain 2:
Each time I start my day with Your loving face,
When I lift my heart in praise,
Then all that’s beautiful seems to come my way,
And I find that gladness fills my day.

Verse 5
So, I need You here beside me,
I need Your kiss today,
I need Your voice inside me
Today more than yesterday.

Bridge
Your love is like the breath of springtime
That warms the Earth & melts the snows,
Calling all life from its deep slumber
Out to the light & warmth of love,
and even so …

Verse 6
I must have Your love this morning,
I long for Your light today,
I need Your joy within me
Today more than yesterday,
Oh, way more than yesterday.
[I need You] today more than yesterday.
Track Name: The Wine of Loving You
Verse 1:
When I was so much younger, before I’d known Your taste,
I first knew that You loved me by just looking in Your face.
The words You spoke convinced me, that yes, You were the One,
The very One I needed, the One who is true love.

Verse2:
Oh, yes, You were Who I’d waited for, the Christ Who was foretold,
Since then I’ve grown to love you, I’m safe within Your fold
But more than just a servant, and more than just a friend,
You’ve asked me to go deeper, to be more than what I’d been.

Chorus 1:
You took me as I was, and by the hand You led,
Into Your heart and life, and we two, as one, were wed.
You gave to me new wine, the wine of loving You;
I’ll live forever now, and forever wanting You

Verse 3:
My life has changed completely; I’ve grown beyond that child
You found along the roadway & nurtured at your side.
How can I e’er repay the love You’ve showered upon me?
How can I make you feel my love, how can I make you see?

Chorus 2:
You took me as I was, and by the hand You led,
Into Your heart and life, and we two, as one, were wed.
You gave to me new wine, the wine of loving You;
I’ll live forever now, forever joined to You.

Verse 3:
I give my life to You each day, and love now in Your name
I bear your children happily--I’ll never be the same,
The same as when You found me left helpless and alone,
The day You found me weeping & brought me to Your home.

Chorus 3:
You took me as I was, and by the hand You led
Into Your heart and life, and we two, as one, were wed.
You gave to me new wine, the wine of loving You;
I’ll live forever now, forever bound to you.

Chorus 4:
At first I gently sipped this strange refreshing brew
But now I deeply drink of the wine of loving You.
I was so young back then, and of love, so little knew…
I’ve grown to fully crave
The wine of loving You.
Track Name: I Pray For You
I pray for you,
On my knees I start my day with you
For I know this is a way that I
Can help you rise above
And so I take the time to stop my hands,
To still my heart,

And really plead for you
For I see the desperate need in you,
And I long to be a strength to you,
And help you carry on
So now I’ll take the time the stop my hands,
To still my heart,
And really pray for you.

As you fight to move ahead,
In your plight upon your bed,
For the sorrow in your heart
And all the troubles that surround
I come before the King right now,
Petition Him to bring right now,
The strength you need, the faith you lack,
And for His love to abound

And yes, I pray for you,
I give a choice part of my day to you,
And I have the faith He’ll make a way for you
When all seems lost
So now I take the time to stop my hands,
To still my heart,

And really cry for you,
Pour out my heart, empty my eyes for you,
Fully aware that He who died for you
Now lives to strengthen you
And so I take the time to stop my hands,
To still my heart,
And really cry for you.

As you fight to overcome,
Or as you struggle with someone,
As you battle some task that’s far too great
for you to win;
I ask Him on my knees right now
To bring the things you need right now,
For light to see His loving hand in all you’re going through,

And yes, dear one, I pray for you,
On my knees I start my day with you
For I know this is a way that I can help you rise above
And so I take the time to stop my hands,
To still my heart,
And really plead for you;

So at His feet I intercede for you;
For I know He knows what’s best for you,
And wants what’s right for you,
And if I take the time to stop my hands,
To still my heart,
He’ll surely fight for you
Because He loves you
And I love you.
I pray for you.
Track Name: Within Your Hands
I worship You, O Lord, my God,
In heart, in mind, in spirit;
I raise my heart to You in prayer,
In praise, and in thanksgiving
You are the Giver of all things,
and You are all things to me.
By You I have life, I have love, I have my all

What I am and what I will become
Is within Your (F)hands,
Is within Your loving hands;
Oh, what I am and what I will become
Is within Your hands,
Is within those loving hands I trust with all my being.

I worship you, O Lord, with every fiber of my being
I praise and bow before You now
In humble sweet surrender
You are deserving of all praise
For Your love cannot be measured
By You I have life, I have love, I have my all

What I am and what I will become
Is within Your (F)hands,
Is within Your loving hands;
Oh, what I am and what I will become
Is within Your hands,
Is within those loving hands I trust with all my being.

Bridge:
I lay my heart before you now
You stoop to love me as I am,
With Love surpassing everything
I am at your beck and call
For You are more than life to me,
and of Your glory I will sing

Chorus 2:
What I am and what I will become
Is within Your (F)hands,
Is within Your loving hands;
Oh, what I am and what I will become
Is within Your hands,
Is within those loving hands I trust with all my being.
Ooo, within those loving hands
Itrust with all my being.
[Your lovinghands I trust with all mybeing.]
Track Name: I Believe in You
My Lord, You're the answer to my every prayer.
You're the burning hope in my dark despair.
You never go away, You never leave me, no;
You'll never let me go.

My Lord, You're my shining light on a cloudy day.
You're my guiding light in the darkened way.
You're the one true love that's here to stay.
Now I'm never caught alone;
Even when I'm far from home,
You're never far away.

Bridge
'Cause I believe in You, and You believe in me.
You're the one I run to see when things are going wrong.
I know what I need and where to go to find it.
I just call Your name, and there You are.

My Lord, You're the strength I find when I'm running out.
You're the hand in mine when I'm down and out.
You're the precious name I long to shout
When the world starts closing in;
And when I feel like giving in,
You're what keeps me going on.

My Lord, You're the strength I find when I'm running out.
You're the hand in mine when I'm down and out.
You're the precious name I long to shout
When the world starts closing in;
When I feel like giving in, You're what keeps me going on.
When I feel like giving in, You're what keeps me going on.
You're what keeps me going on.
You keep me going on.
Track Name: No Matter What I Bring
I bring my weary soul to Thee,
I rest within Your arms, and see Your face so clear,
So fine, so free, You strengthen me
Your eyes impart the peace I’ve sought
When I bring You my muddled thoughts,
I leave them with you as I ought,
You quiet me.

Such finite love I bring to Thee,
Mere drops compared to Yours for me;
Like a boundless overflowing sea,
You wash over me…
Defeat and trial, things bittersweet,
I bring and lay before Your feet;
You stoop to take them as we meet,
You comfort me.

No matter what I bring, tho’ weak,
You accept my childish gifts so meak,
And give me back what most I seek:
You love me, yes, You love me.

I’m here before you once again,
I fought so long, yet failed to win;
I trusted my own strength
& then watched victory fade.
I bring you broken pieces now,
And trust you’ll make things right somehow;
You’ll help me to do better now,
You’ve told me so.

My every thought, my hopes, my dreams,
My very self I give,
And deem them nothing next to Thee,
It seems You know my need.
My wishes, all I hope to be,
I bring with trusting heart and see
You grant them, and my will I give you freely.

No matter what I bring, tho’ weak,
You accept my childish gifts so meak,
And give me back what most I seek:
You love me, yes, You love me.
Track Name: Take Me
Take me, love me,
And make what You will of me.
I give myself to You--
Make both our dreams come true.
Kiss me, hold me,
I believe the message You’ve told me
So I give my self to You,
Please do whate’er You must do.

Because I love You, I need You,
I yield my heart & soul to You
Take this willful heart & make it
Serve You from this day
And then transform me,
even break me if You must
I give You leave to re-make me
I bare myself to you--
Come and possess me I pray,

Love me sweetly,
I trust Your wisdom completely
Whatever you may say,
I’ll do my best to obey
I’m open & I’m waiting
I sit in silence just praying
To hear the words your lips
Will whisper softly this day.

Because I love You, I need You,
My heart & soul I now yield You
Take this willful heart & make it
Serve You from this day
And then transform me,
even break me if You must
I give You leave to re-make me
I bare myself to you--
Come and possess me I pray,

Bridge:
I’m Yours, You’re mine,
Blend my spirit with Thine
Caress me, possess me,
I surrender to You my mind

Because I love You, I need You,
I yield my heart & soul to You
Take this willful heart & make it
Serve You from this day
And then transform me,
even break me if You must
I give You leave to re-make me
I wanna think like You,
I wanna love like You
I bare my soul to You
Come & possess me, I pray.
Track Name: Always There for Me
Always There For Me

My babes are breathing softly now, their lullaby is done;
The silence of the night is strong--I start to feel alone;
No man to take me in his arms, and lightly stroke my hair;
There’s none to share the moonlight with,
No one to say ‘I care’…

I hadn’t time to stop and think, with kids around my feet;
But now I wish my thoughts would stop, so I could find relief;
And then it is You come to me – I must have called Your name;
No matter when, it happens just the same:

You’re always there for me when I need You,
You come to me when I call;
But how you fill my emptiness is what I best most of all;
I can feel You right here beside me,
Your kiss within my heart –
It’s amazing what a kiss can do,
Especially when it comes from You;
I’d never trade another love for You.

And when I find I’m wearing out, my thoughts will turn to You;
From somewhere comes the grace to do this job that’s meant for two;
When superhuman strength to raise my angels isn’t there,
I’ll call on You to help me with their care.

You’re always there for me when I need You,
You come to me when I call;
But how you fill my emptiness is what I best most of all;
I can feel You right here beside me,
Your kiss within my heart –
It’s amazing what a kiss can do,
Especially when it comes from You;
I’d never trade another love for You.

Of course You know, I’d love to have somebody by my side –
Someone to help me through the days,
Someone to dream beside at night.
But what I long for most of all is just to see
Your gentleness & care in looking after me, loving Me…

You’re always there for me when I need You,
You come to me when I call;
But how you fill my emptiness is what I best most of all;
I can feel You right here beside me,
Your kiss within my heart –
It’s amazing what a kiss can do,
Especially when it comes from You;
I’d never trade another love for You.

Yes, it’s amazing what a kiss can do,
Sweet Jesus, I’m in love with You;
I’d never trade another love for You.
You are the One who has made my dreams come true.
Track Name: The One I Love the Dearest
Honey, how I treasure each 'I love you',
And cherish every moment you are near.
Although I'll spend a life time thinking of you,
To me this time around it's very clear:

Jesus is my first Love,
Just as He is yours;
No matter how I love you,
I'll always love Him more;
That's the reason why, love,
I loved you from the start:
The One I love the dearest
Is dearest to your heart;
The One I love the dearest
Is dearest to your heart.