Thursday, October 25, 2007

WHEN YOU CALLED MY NAME

FROM THE NEWSBOYS. Abby and Jared used to listen to a CD by the Newsboys titled "Going Public." The contemporary Christian group had an alternative rock feel. Their words were not alternative, however. My pastor’s heart was touched at the core a number of years ago with the following words to a cut called "When You Called My Name" by Steve Taylor and Peter Furler. Momentarily frustrated by a few petty problems (Am I supposed to be a mind reader? Am I supposed to become the church handyman? Does that person really think that small?), I recently recalled the song and looked up the words again. Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy.

I want to preach the Word
they want messages
I check chapter and verse
they check their watches
I spy another yawn
I might as well be gone
let’s stand and say "Amen"

Some days I must admit
I still don’t get this
Could be it’s time to quit
when days get like this
I slip into the night
then stumble towards the light
wake up and try again

When You called my name
I didn’t know how far the
calling went
When You called my name
I didn’t know what that word
really meant
When I recall Your call
I feel
so small

Could be I’m losing touch
could be they don’t care
Lord knows I don’t know much
Lord knows I’ve been there
I trip toward my retreat
I fall down at Your feet
get up and try again

When You called my name
I didn’t know how far the
calling went
When You called my name
I didn’t know what that word
really meant
When I recall Your call
I feel
so small

Lord, what did you see
when You called out for me?

I start losing heart
and then
it comes again
lifted from despair
by the prayers of someone
lifted from despair
by the prayers of someone

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:05 PM

    Bikehiker, thanks for your blog. I accidentally stumbled on it. I have recently left seminary and continue to discern what my call is. I am encouraged to find a pastor that is so connected to the call of the gospel and the world and the struggle of the current "christian" state. Recently marrying and becoming a hoosier the fact that you bring hope to the state of Indiana is also life giving. Peace to you!

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  2. Powerful lyrics! I imagine there are many pastors(sadley enough) who feel this way. Even Youth Pastors.

    I am thankful though when those days come- if I am quiet and still for a time-I hear Gods call above those of the tempter and those of man.

    I do love the end of these lyrics, (I start losing heart and then it comes again lifted by the prayers of someone!

    Couldn't help but notice you posted this at 4:10. Without knowing this at the time someone really was praying for you- more like around 4:20 ish.

    Be encouraged brother-You are doing a wonderful, most incredible work in the life of the church and the community.

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