God is always there for us … waiting for our ………………..
(Your chance here to put in an answer …. what comes to your mind?)
Over these last few weeks of Lent, the children have been singing as part of our liturgy. I always find it uplifting particularly as their songs are so fresh and new to me.
However, twice lately I have been jarred by the words of a song they sing… and it left me thinking quite seriously…. Each time I noticed the disturbing affect on me as I read the words and heard them sing:
“God is always there for us…waiting for our crime”.
Do you believe that? I certainly don’t… that was the source of my concern. What sort of a version of God do we have? Worth thinking about further I pondered. Who is your God ? – Do we believe in a God of Mercy and Compassion? After deliberating over the two occasions I raised it with the co-ordinator who agreed to check the typing. I found the unofficial website with lyrics had this version also.
Still perplexed, I contacted the songwriter who confirmed indeed the words are ” waiting for our CRY!”
Now the merciful God whom I knew I could turn to has appeared in the song, not the God of judgement and condemnation.
It may be simple, yet so many times little typos like this can be either amusing or misleading. In this case I am glad to have the children, and the child in me, know that God is waiting for our cries.
May it be in this season of Lent we can keep examining our images of God and discover the truth and depth of Divine Mercy.
The Lord is kind and merciful … Psalm 102: vs. 1, 4
The Lord is compassion and love
Slow to anger and rich in mercy