Sunday, August 09, 2009

Jeremy Riddle - The Now And Not Yet

Okay, this isn't an album review. It's more of a "music that speaks to me" sort of post. It just so happens that this whole album, start to finish, has had that effect on me lately.

Two songs in particular have been standing out. The first is called Prayers for the Church. Its seems very apt in my current context lately, as I've been praying big prayers for my church.
Prayers For The Church

Where she is weak Strengthen arms now, steady feet That she would care for, she would seek Welcoming Your lost and wounded sheep Coming home to You

Where she is stained
Bring Your healing, bring Your rain
Wash away now her disgrace
'Till she shines in white, she radiates
She now mirrors You

(We're praying)
No more compromises, no more moral crises
Tonight may she move and act as You
No more small divisions
No more lack of wisdom
Tonight may she move and act as You

Where she is right give her courage for the fight
Full of salt now, full of light
Standing firm where truth and love collide
She remains in You

Now she's shining
Her light is blinding as she sings Your name
Now she's beauty
Up from the ashes, Your love is on her face

Where she is strong, keep her moving, pressing on
Bringing justice, righting wrongs
Demonstrating now Your Kingdom come
She's in step with You

The second is more personal but just as much resonating with me as a prayer.

To Be Like You

Holy You are
Perfect and pure You are
Everything right You are
Yes, You are

Broken am I
Full of discord am I
Hungry for change am I
Oh, am I

Oh, to be like You
Oh, to reflect the God I know
The love You've shown
This is my longing
This is my deepest, strongest plea
Lord, change me

Would You change me?
Would You change me?

Love You are
Spirit and truth You are
Everything right/good You are
Yes, You are

Humbled am I
Contrite of spirit am I
Open to You am I
Oh, am I

Those are just two. The rest of the album is just as good though.

Perfect packing music.

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