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A friend recently sent me this poem.  It said a lot to me … maybe it will speak to you too.


When I was a child
I once sat sobbing on the floor
Beside my mother\’s piano
As she played and sang
For there was in her singing
A shy yet solemn glory
My smallness could not hold

And when I was asked
Why I was crying
I had no words for it
I only shook my head
And went on crying

Why is it that music
At its most beautiful
Opens a wound in us
An ache a desolation
Deep as a homesickness
For some far-off
And half-forgotten country

I\’ve never understood
Why this is so

Bur there\’s an ancient legend
From the other side of the world
That gives away the secret
Of this mysterious sorrow

For centuries on centuries
We have been wandering
But we were made for Paradise
As deer for the forest

And when music comes to us
With its heavenly beauty
It brings us desolation
For when we hear it
We half remember
That lost native country

We dimly remember the fields
Their fragrant windswept clover
The birdsongs in the orchards
The wild white violets in the moss
By the transparent streams

And shining at the heart of it
Is the longed-for beauty
Of the One who waits for us
Who will always wait for us
In those radiant meadows

Yet also came to live with us
And wanders where we wander.

\”Music\” by Anne Porter from Living Things: Collected Poems. © Steerforth Press, 2006

Then you found me

brokenman1Thought I’d share the lyrics of a new song written for our quarterly Lero Stadio creative arts worship service at our church – we gathered for this earlier tonight.  The theme was SAVED LIFE LOST LIFE SAVED.  It was a particular take, c/- Tony: an incredibly gifted member of our evening congregation, on the Mark 8:31-38 lectionary gospel for today.   The focus was especially on Jesus’ words:  If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me and for the good news, you will save it.

Felt inspired to write something a bit different.  Not strictly speaking, a congregational worship song.  More in the roots/country/pop/bit-bluesy feel of Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson on their “Rattlin Bones” album, in a minor key to boot.  I took my inspiration from the Biblical metaphor/teaching of the shepherd and the sheep; the shepherd going all out to “seek and save the lost”.  Alongside this, I reflect on how it’s often in the desert experience, that we find God.  More accurately, God, in all God’s prevenient grace finds us.  Dale and I presented it tonight, even doing some rare harmony vocals (I’ve never been great in that area).  Quite taken by the number of affirming responses. Here it is …

Lost – then you found me
Lost – now I’m found
(was) deaf to your calling
deaf, nowhere bound
You searched  and sought unceasing
Astray, you brought me home
Lost – O God you found me
You claim me as your own.

Desert life so daunting
Wilderness surrounds
Desert life, it haunts me
Such emptiness abounds
I’ve strayed long in the wastelands
a sheep so far from home
Lost – O God you found me
You claim me as your own

Blindness overtakes me
Perspective never there
Jesus meet the middays
of my hopelessness, despair

Jesus – you are welcome
Jesus – you are care
Christ– your nailed hands open
to each sinner, everywhere
God – we come, surrender
To your grace that calls us home
Lost – O God you found me
You love me as your own
You love me as your own
You love me as your own

David MacGregor © 2009  Willow Publishing download leadsheet

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