From the 1974 Christian musical Song of Plenty…
GIRL (continuing letter). . .
I was almost in tears as one person after another told me about themselves. Can you believe it? Their lives were all so similar to mine. The running away. The searching. The trying. The crying.
But their stories all had happy endings!
I was born the bitter child
Of a latter-day Adam and Eve,
Who lived destroyin’ God’s Garden
Till He sadly had to make ’em leave.
With a snake-filled apple in my mouth,
I was misconceived:
I grew up thinking I was all there was;
I was deceived.
Then I found I was nothing,
And my empty spirit grieved
And began a long search
For something bigger to believe.
Then God’s Spirit found mine
And gave me new breath to breathe;
He gave me warmth I needed badly;
My tiredness He relieved.
He filled me with His Presence,
My life’s pattern to reweave.
He gave me new direction.
All I’d lost has been retrieved.
His gift of love, His gift of peace:
These blessings I have received.
I don’t know why He loves me so;
That He does I do believe.
About this Song:
This is one of the strangest songs I’ve ever written–the first few stanzas, anyhow– although it fits right in with the story. And it looks like I must have been going crazy making rhymes, but in a strangely fun way.
I must admit I get a kick out of the reference to the “latter-day Adam and Eve” because that describes every set of human parents. The part about being “misconceived” simply means that all of us human beings are born under the burden of original sin.
I think the progression from very negative searcher to someone God finds and rescues is clear and encouraging. We may look for God, but He’s the one who ultimately finds and accepts us–and changes us if we allow Him to. I like the variety of “benefits” the singer has received from becoming a Child of God.
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Links you might be interested in:
- Roger’s other blog, On Aging Gracelessly
- Roger’s website, RogerBruner.com
- Roger’s free Christian lead sheets
- Roger’s books on Amazon