A couple of months ago – during our Easter Cafe Church (Alive!) – we were challenged to come up with our own response to the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection. Carol was inspired to write by Psalm 40 and produced this wonderful piece.
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
I was dead in my sins but I knew it not.
I was lost in a maze of faiths,
confused by myriad paths to religions;
you came searching for me
as I searched for truth;
as I wandered in darkness
you shone a light into my pit.
Into my despair you came –
you saved me, you saw me.
In my shame you offered me newness.
In my ignorance you offered me
life-saving knowledge of you.
In my unloving state you offered me love unconditional.
In the filth of the mire, the muddy unclean state,
you washed me clean,
you healed me,
you claimed me,
you clothe me,
you loved me.
You made me completely new.
You knew me – the real me –
yet you did all this still for me.
Through your Son who died for me,
who rose for me,
for all those who were to come,
from that very moment until eternity.