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Journey with John

Music has always touched my searching spirit.  Through gentle rhythms and moving melodies, words take on a different texture that minister to my soul.  I am especially drawn to the music of the Church where God’s message is given wings through sacred harmonies and haunting descants.  I think music reveals God in all God’s goodness and glory. Is there a grander tribute to our Creator than “Great is thy faithfulness!  Great is thy faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided – Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me….”  It blesses the soul.  Who can sing, “It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul,” without being moved from head to toe?  These great hymns proclaim our growing faith, as we experience the wonder and wisdom of the Lord.  How I love them as they heal and strengthen my very being.

A number of years ago, I was introduced to a lovely song, written by John Yivisaker, that has captured me with its simple, singable melody and thoughtful, therapeutic lyric.  Yivisaker wrote “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” from God’s perspective, conveying the extraordinary love God has for each one of us.  Let the words minister to your spirit….

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 God, 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.”  Amen.

 

Love,

Pastor John