we abide in you

Hi

Amazing the circumstances and context behind some songs I believe God leads me to write. Here I am sitting in McDonalds. I’ve just given blood as part 2 of my yearly checkup and having fasted the previous 13 hours; that’s right – no food, and especially no coffee! Yes; it does and can happen!

I’ve done some initial reflection on this Sunday’s “vine and branches” John 15:1-8 gospel reading; but songwriting is not on radar.  On a few days off last week, while sitting by beautiful Trinity Beach at Cairns, Queensland, Australia I’d written what is emerging as an upbeat Pentecost song – for a latter posting.  Haven’t even manuscripted on settled on lyrics for that.

Meanwhile, munching on a McMuffin at Maccas (yes, I love alliteration), this notion of “abiding” comes to me. Not the sort of ‘abide’ which is all about ‘abiding by the umpire’s decision’ whether we like it or not. No, the sense of ‘abiding’ connoting our ‘dwelling’ in; finding our source and strength and solace and ultimately life.

That John 15:1-8 passage is so laden (partly excuse the pun) with meaning and metaphor; like – when one recalls that our abiding in Christ is for the purpose of being fruitful!   Easy to forget that bit.

My other very unformed piece of reflection – and coming out of the context of having jist given blood is the understanding that blood was traditionally equated with life.  If in someone the blood was contaminated or too much was lost or it ceased to flow; life was endangered.  As you can tell, some more reflecting to go here.

So … here it is … we abide in you.  A simple, reflective worship song with a short bridge thing in there too – not common for me in my songwriting.  See what you think. Expect at least a backing track on/before Thursday.

Shalom,

David

we abide in you      music score

In you our life is found
In you our hope abounds
You cleanse us by your word
etched deep within
apart from you, O Lord
it all amounts to naught
In you, O God
we live and move and be

We pray we stay united with you
We pray we stay united with you

So we abide in you
Lord we abide in you
In you is life, in you is hope and love
So we abide in you
Lord we abide in you
In you is life and hope and love

God prune us
where you will
We long to serve you still
To bear much fruit
so you be glorified
Your word to fill us deep
in us, your hands, your feet
We grow in you
Disciples by your love

We pray we stay united with you
We pray we stay united with you

So we abide in you …

 David MacGregor
© 2012 Willow Publishing
inspired by John 15:1-8

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