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Friday, January 06, 2006

Sacred Songs

For the past 2-3 years, my dad and I have written and released a series of four devotional resources called Sacred Paths, Sacred Signs (for Advent), Sacred Renewal , and Sacred Love (for Lent). As you will find, if you visit the site and listen, is that they are free verse - for the most part - poems set to a musical background to enhance the listening experience and to help the listener get into a more reflective mood.

Recently we've begun work on our fifth volume entitled Sacred Songs, based on selected Psalms. More than a paraphrased retelling of the Psalms, we are trying to take the themes and flow of ideas found in each selection and allow them to be expressed through a more personal lens. When all is said and done, we will have 14 selections based on Psalms 1, 8, 15, 23, 24, 46, 51, 100, 105, 121, 130, 137, 139, and 150. We are still in the writing process and will probably not release it until the end of the month at the earliest.

Even though I have four of my seven roughed out already, I just finished the one based on Psalm 139. Enjoy...

Psalm 139
Source of All Life…
Heart of My Own Heart…
You know me well.
Not just my habits and my routines
You know me,
You know who I really am.
You see all the dirt and the grime,
You see the subtle flaws,
Stains of an imperfect past.
Deeper than my fractured façade,
Underneath the myriad masks I wear,
You understand my authentic Self.
You hear the unspoken,
The wordless ramblings of my mind,
As they search for expression.
I cover my eyes,
I turn away,
“Don’t look at me!” I cry.
But you remain,
A strong hand with a gentle touch,
You remain.
You are Love Beyond Measure,
Your are Hope Beyond Hope,
You are the Fabric of My Being.
As small as I am,
As one among so many,
You watch for me, and guide the way.
Whatever the path my journey shall take,
As I rise up on the wings of the morning
And sail to the other side of distant horizons,
My heart will be full,
My focus will be clear,
With the knowledge that you are with me.
Giver of Life, Source of My Peace,
You are ever in my heart,
And I am home.