Friday, September 16, 2016

Here Am I Lord - Collin Raye

I have heard this song, written by Dan Schutte, played in churches of various denominations over the years.  For my nearly 30 years of playing folk music during mass, this song has been one of those pieces we play often because the congregation knows it and will sing along.  When I heard this version by Collin Raye the song took on new life, a renewal of spirit, and left me embraced in a deeper intimacy with God.



I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart. 
 
I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people"s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
 
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart. 
 
I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will send the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
 
Finest bread I will provide,
'Til their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart. 



Words and Music are by Daniel L. Schutte, copyright 1981.

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