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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Gratitude

Tomorrow, my church is launching a new church plant.  All of the work, the prayers, the vision... we will see what God has been planning, when it opens tomorrow morning.



There is a song that has given me peace over the years, whenever I am starting something new.



It's called "Gratitude" by Nichole Nordeman.  There are a few songs that I never get sick of, this is one of them.  And this is my prayer as we start this new journey called Northway Oakland.



Gratitude



Send some rain, would You send some rain?
'Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case ...

We'll give thanks to You with gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Daily bread, give us daily bread
Bless our bodies, keep our children fed
Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight
Wrap us up and warm us through
Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs
Let us slumber safe from danger's view this time
Or maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways
And if that's the case ...

We'll give thanks to You with gratitude
A lesson learned to hunger after You
That a starry sky offers a better view
If no roof is overhead
And if we never taste that bread

Oh, the differences that often are between
Everything we want and what we really need

So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that's the case ...

We'll give thanks to You with gratitude
For lessons learned in how to trust in You
That we are blessd beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace ...

But, Jesus, would You please ...
 



1 comment:

Michael said...

Great song. I don't recall hearing it before. The lyrics are fitting.
"Oh, the differences that often are between
Everything we want and what we really need"
Guess I can relate to it: guess we all can. Oh! The selfish prayers we pray.