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TAKE – RECEIVE – LIVE IN THE MOMENT


Interesting times.

Not quite a week ago, I woke in the wee hours of the morning.  I was having an epiphany. Why was I so anxious, unsettled, stressed, fatigued?   Not that in most cases things were going badly.  By-and-large, the opposite. Good, even great things happening … or going to.  That was the problem, as I reflected.

So much my life (Dale’s too) was being impacted by future considerations: soon-to-be church amalgamation, retirement (early 2021) planning, Dale ostensibly finishing up in a few weeks, health and family considerations, travel plans for 2020 and 2021, ministry in 2020. I could go on.

I’d lost sight of some wisdom from a member of my previous congregation: to live in the moment; to make the best of the time and space I am currently in, or at most the day ahead – to rejoice and revel in that moment.

So … with Dale’s encouragement, and with the help of a presbytery self-led Heart-to-Heart self-led retreat resource, I went away for two nights. Yes, to the beach.  That’s always done it for me.  Via scripture, silence, waves crashing and much more, I calmed.  I settled.  Still a huge work in progress, I began living in the moment.

I had quite consciously resolve to not write a song while away.  Yet a song came … coming amid and out of my time away.  The song is called TAKE.   Check out the YouTube video above.

 

I Facebook-posted:

Went offline recently. Needed to. Things had become too much. Used a self-led retreat provided by presbytery. (Thanks heaps, Jenny Tymms​). Best 36 hours I’ve had for a while. A lot of sitting, praying, doing nothing, reading scripture, swimming with soothing water all around me, listening to the waves crashing on the shore, reflecting on what God might be saying (or not saying). Needing to start living in the moment (to0 much thinking about “future stuff” … ministry, retirement, family, travel, health), building firmer foundations, pondering what I need to let go of, realising God’s grace is sufficient. Hadn’t planned to write a song, but yes, I did. This is probably NOT a congregational worship song. 🙂 It’s called TAKE.

Here I am, open,
Take every part
Take all I am, Lord
Mind, soul and heart
Grace wash all over me
Hold me … within
Take all I offer
Renewing … begin.

Shine out your light, Lord
On spaces so dark
Make known your presence
When life’s pulled apart
There in the struggles
The wrestling, so much
‘Enough is enough’
There is your freedom
Your beauty, your touch

Live in each moment
Rejoice in the now
Consider the lilies
This moment, this hour
“Come to the water
Be thirsty no more” (0, to)
Find you each morning
to welcome, adore

Mmm ….
mmm ….
“Come to the water
Be thirsty no more” (O, to)
Find you each morning
to welcome, adore

© David MacGregor 2019

Shalom,
David

Lead Me, Lord … new song

Time to share a new song: Lead Me, Lord

Some background …

I, and everything around me seems to be in a time of discernment.  I can’t seem to escape from that word. Mind you, as a Christian, I’m falteringly part of that all my waking hours … sensing by the Spirit and the love of Jesus, God’s fresh call on my life and the community in which I serve.

Our local church at Tarragindi and five nearby Uniting Churches are on an almost two-and-a-half year journey now called Destiny Together. Last August we decided “in principle” to continue working toward a formal mission-driven amalgamation.  Each congregation makes their thoughts known on 13 October.
There’s massive discernment required for that. Massive.  What new thing is God calling us to? What from the rich heritage of the past do we hold dear, and resist releasing?  Discernment!

I’m about 1 1/2 years off retirement.  Dale finishes up ostensibly in December at her school; though many months leave will take her well into 2020.  Discernment needed for our future … and I mean more than what cruise or trip will we go on 🙂    We move to our retirement home in Springfield Rise, Ipswich in the first part of 2021 … getting closer.

Amid the Destiny Together congregational discernment, I’ve been sensing that our people individually need some assistance understanding where God is leading them in their walk with God.  It’s a walk in which many deal with doubts, adversity, lack of resilience, faith questions and so on.  Discerning God’s purpose is important – both individually and together.  So, we’re going to undertake in over August and September, a six part series (in our case, mainly by video) by Rob Fuquay called Which Way, Lord. It draws on the teachings and life experience of the Apostle Paul.  I believe it will be helpful.

So … with all this discernment stuff around me, and mindful of some traditional and modern “discernment” and “vision” songs out there,  I nonetheless have written my own; deliberately with a (hopeful) simplicity of words – and with both individual and communal dimensions.   I’m also really happy with some of the chords and chord sequences I’ve used.

Check it out:
score  mp3 backing

Lead Me, Lord

Lead me Lord
Lead me Lord
Guide me as I walk your Way
Lead me Lord
Lead us Lord
Lead us Lord
Guide us as we walk your Way
Lead us Lord

Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
for my purpose found in you
Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
Strengthen, Lord
Hold us through our weakest times
Strengthen,Lord

Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us as we walk your way
Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us, Lord
Grace us as we walk your way
Grace us, Lord

David MacGregor
 © 2019 Willow Publishing

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