Wednesday Riffs: Song & Gratitude

Gratitude

If you had not entrusted yourself to us,

Where would we be, I wonder.

If you had not entrusted yourself

To that young poor couple in Bethlehem,

If you had not chosen to walk those streets

Of oppression, loneliness, fear, and hardship,

If you had not chosen the way of service

Of washing feet, healing hearts and sacrifice,

Where would we be, I wonder.

If you had not set aside the glories of heaven,

And chosen to walk the gutters and side streets,

The wide roads and narrow alleys of this world,

If you had not set aside the glories of heaven,

And chosen to walk the gutters and side streets,

The wide roads and narrow alleys,

Of my heart and mind and soul and will,

If you had not entrusted yourself to us,

With understanding and compassion in both hands,

Then where would we be, I wonder?

Where would I be? Thank you.

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Song

 

Lord, we offer you the psalm of our life,

The song of our being and doing,

With its tuneful notes and its discordant ones,

The peaceful parts and the clattering.

The rousing chorus of the celebratory times,

And the sorrowful verses that rise from the worry

And the times of trouble and fear.

Thank you that you are in all the notes,

All the beats and pauses of my life.

You know the songs of our waking and sleeping,

The parts so quiet we can barely whisper them,

The parts so painful the tune is held inside us.

The songs of finding and losing,

The songs of holding and letting go,

Songs of moving forward and songs of being stuck,

Songs of achieving and failing, doing and not doing,

The notes rise and fall, and fade and sound again.

You know them all, and share in these tunes,

Bringing your own song of understanding.

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