Christ shows his face … a flood reflection

Hi!

Long time since I last posted. Combination of post-Holy Land acclimatization, everything Christmas, helping out at NCYC 2011, beginning a holiday at Hervey Bay, coming home prematurely because of Brisbane River floodwaters entering our house, moving back into our home just two days ago and finally getting power restored just two hours ago.

This has been an incredibly draining time – and that’s without the massive hardship and loss experienced by so many.  It was SO hard being stranded for those days at Hervey Bay, yet unable to get back to Brisbane due to flooded rounds between there and Brisbane.  I reckon it’s been some of the hardest few weeks of my life.

We had no option – from afar – to leave the evacuation of our home (either to the top story OR the church OR friends’ places) to an incredible armada of folk from our church, longtime friends and of course Joel and Jeremy back at the ranch. Like so many others, I find myself not starting the year anywhere near refresh.  I feel totally drained.

I was taken by a Facebook posting by radio station 96.5 FM’s Billy Diehm last weekend.  Billy was asked basically, “Where was God in all this?”.  His marvellous answer was loosely along the lines of: God was there in every volunteer, every emergency services worker, every SES worker. So true.

So – the song that had been ‘coming’ for weeks finally poured out yesterday – Christ shows his face. Lyrics and leadsheet link below.  This song is dedicated to all of those “face of Jesus” folk these past weeks, and especially those who ministered to us.  And by the way, the photo here is of Oxley-Darra UC folk who two Thursdays ago (flood-peak day) got to the streets on some trucks and distribute over 400 bags of ice AND heaps of bread.  How overwhelmingly compassionate and kind is that!

David

leadsheet

Christ shows his face

Christ shows his face
when lives are pained
weary hearts are breaking.
shows God’s grace
while troubles rise,
past foundations shaking

Every smile
Every hand
Every soft embracing
Christ shows his face
when lives are pained,
hope is hard, displacing

Christ shows his face
in thirsting souls
When hunger’s met with feeding
When nakedness for all to see
is met with love, with clothing

Offered rest
Offered home
Offered hope’s new morning
Christ shows his face
when all seems dark, the
light of Christ keeps shining.

Christ shows his face
in community
extending past their comfort
Sharing steadfastly as one
Self-giving for another

Every smile
Every tear
Every soft embracing
Christ is found
when all seems lost, when
When love’s true heart
When love’s true hope
When love’s true light keeps shining.

© David MacGregor 2011
Willow Publishing
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3 Responses to “Christ shows his face … a flood reflection”


  1. 1 Craig Mitchell January 21, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Lovely lyrics David. You have been through QUITE a lot these last few months! I hope that this song will be taken up as a pastoral response to recent events. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the MacGregors, many others whom we know, and of course the thousands who we don’t know whose lives have been scarred by devastation.

  2. 2 David MacGregor January 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks Craig
    Thanks heaps
    David (& Dale & family)


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