Sunday, August 20, 2006

Song for a Sunday's Meditation

If you don't own the Jesus Record (the last by the late Rich Mullins), and you haven't heard Ashley Cleveland do Rich's "Jesus," you're missing out on a moving aural and spiritual experience. The piano work and string arrangement is haunting and melancholic and full of yearning, and it pairs wonderfully with Ashley's rough-edged voice. Lovely.

~For your Lord's Day consideration, the lyrics:

Jesus
They say You walked upon the water once
When you lived as all men do
Please teach me how to walk the way You did
Because I want to walk with You

Jesus
They say you taught a lame man how to dance
When he had never stood without a crutch
Well here am I Lord holding out my withered hands
And I'm just waiting to be touched

Jesus
Write me into Your story
Whisper it to me
And let me know I'm Yours

Jesus
They say You spoke and calmed an angry wave
That was tossed across a stormy sea
Please teach me how to listen how to obey
'Cause there's a storm inside of me

Jesus
Write me into Your story
Whisper it to me
And let me know I'm Yours

Jesus
They drove the cold nails through Your tired hands
And rolled a stone to seal Your grave
Feels like the devil's rolled a stone onto my heart
Can You roll that stone away?

by Mullins/McVicker/Dana Waddel

If you're not familiar with Ashley Cleveland, check out her website or her My Space page, and listen to some of her music. Check out her terrific cover of "Gimme Shelter" (my fave Rolling Stones song.) I actually prefer Ashley's version.

At Ashley's website, she offers free downloads from her debut album, Big Town, which was listed as one of the top 100 Christian albums of all time by CCM magazine when they made the list some years back. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Camy Tang said...

I like this song, too, and I love how Ashley sings it.
Camy