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What I Believe and What I Sing, and Thanks for Asking

January 21, 2017

Thanks for asking!

In response to several who’ve read my middle-of-the-week blogs and wondered about songs that impact or express some of my beliefs, here we go —

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

The Rivers of Life Clergy Band does a version of this Casting Crowns song. Two things stand out to me every time we play it, the first being the inclusive nature of these confessional lyrics. The second is the ending with its hanging chord that doesn’t fully conclude the song, but propels us forward and outward. Scriptural basis would be my favorite, John 3:16,17.

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

A response to the love and grace and forgiveness of the shockingly good news of Christ Jesus, this song — with or without lyrics — echoes what I hear in Psalms like 100 and 150. And this song just simply does it for me.

Hymn of Promise

If you know me at all, you know that one of my frequent lines is that I don’t pretend to have all the answers but am in fact still just working on the questions. This song reminds me that it’s okay, as do Job 38:4 and Matthew 11:28,29.

I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

The truths of Deuteronomy 7:9 and Revelation 21:4 are foundational for me. Given several things in my life, this song is reassuring beyond measure —

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.

I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.

If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk ’till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I’ve begun.

When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.


Again, thank you for asking.

Greatly appreciate you, your readership, and your interactions on so many different platforms and in so many different ways.

It’s an honor being in ministry with you!


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