Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sunday Sabbath Poetry: Sufjan Stevens for Troubling Times

In this awful time of earthquakes, mud slides, tsunamis, occupation, war, civil unrest, rebellion, theft, human trafficking, exploitation, and only more earthquakes and death, it is all we can do not to despair. May God have mercy on this quivering planet.

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Oh God, Where Are You Now?

By Sufjan Stevens

Oh God, hold me now
Oh Lord, hold me now
There's no other man who could raise the dead
So do what you can to anoint my head

Oh God, where are you now?
Oh Lord, say somehow
The devil is hard on my face again
The world is a hundred to one again

Would the righteous still remain?
Would my body stay the same?

Oh God, hold me now
Oh God, touch me now
There's no other man who could save the dead
There's no other God to place our head

Would the righteous still remain?
Would my body stay the same?

There's no other man who could raise the dead
So do what you can to anoint my head

Oh God, hold me now
Oh Lord, touch me now

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reminding me of this song. I don't know if you remembered but our mission team is going to Concepcion. We have still not heard back from some of our friends there. For the times that the psalms seem stale it is nice to have Sufjan's words to pray to God when we are struggling to understand why the tragedies in Chile in Haiti are allowed to happen.

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