I never took a class, never learned from a pro, and never actually felt like I know what I am doing but I still write. Songwriting for me is unplanned, it honestly just happens. God puts a phrase in my mind and it gets stuck until I write it down. If I try to write it any other way or force it, it turns out wrong.
So He has put something in my mind lately that I am trying to put into song….the concept of knowing God instead of just being acquainted with God. There are so many of us who are acquainted with God, just as we are with our neighbor down the street who we see every other day. It’s easy to get stuck in the thanks Lord for the day it was great or man God if you could change this one thing for me I would greatly appreciate it and be able to work for you better. Being acquainted with God gets our foot in the door, but keeps us at arms length to what we are really needing an actual relationship. Knowing Him.
Think about it when is the last time you met someone, an acquaintance and really took the time to know them? I can almost guarantee it has probably been scarce since the whole social distancing craziness of this past year. The internet, our phones, social media and the falsities of this world tend to be a great breeding ground for an acquaintance to stay an acquaintance forever sometimes.
What about our relationship with God? Is it a real-lationship or is it just a hi, bye or please and thank you thing?
I want to live, breath and be for Christ. I don’t want the falsities of an acquaintance relationship, I want a real-lationship. As I sit and try to put together the words I want to express in a song that makes you question your relationship with God, I am reminded of St. Patricks prayer:
“I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.” (Saint Patrick).
This is my prayer for the song that comes to life with time, that it encompass the understanding of a true meaningful relationship with our Maker.
Thanks for sticking with us out there. We are making more music just taking more time at it this time around. Might have something to do with the one new adult almost in college, three teens and special little girl we are raising too :).