Happy All Saints Day [2] – helping the saints, being the saints

While I was visiting the International Justice Mission website (which you might want to familiarize yourself with if you don’t know IJM already) I noticed a link to a free download of this (new?) Sara Groves song. Quite nice, and moving if your read the words…

When the Saints..(Sara Groves)

Lord I have a heavy burden of all I’ve seen and know
It’s more than I can handle
But your word is burning like a fire shut up in my bones
and I can’t let it go

And when I’m weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard
I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them

Lord it’s all that I can’t carry and cannot leave behind
it all can overwhelm me
but I think of all who’ve gone before them and lived the faithful life
their courage compels me

And when I’m weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

I think of Paul and Silas in the prison yard
I hear their song of freedom rising to the stars

I see the shepherd Moses in the Pharaohs court
I hear his call for freedom for the people of the Lord

And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them

I see the long quiet walk along the Underground Railroad
I see the slave awakening to the value of her soul

I see the young missionary at the angry spear
I see his family returning with no trace of fear

I see the long hard shadows of Calcutta nights
I see the sisters standing by the dying mans side

I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
I see the man with a passion come and kicking down that door

I see the man of sorrow and his long troubled road
I see the world on his shoulders and my easy load

And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
And when the Saints go marching in
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them
I want to be one of them

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One Response to Happy All Saints Day [2] – helping the saints, being the saints

  1. Brian says:

    Hey Luke. I absolutely love the music and lyrics of Sara Groves. Perhaps the only Christian Music™ that I can say I like.

    Anyway, we have a DVD of Sara Groves in which she accompanies Gary (can’t remember his last name) of the IJM on a trip to Africa. Feel free to borrow it anytime.

    In fact, I’ll trade you for my Tremper Longman book on Genesis 😉

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