Prayer

by James Delsono

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05:24
I look around me now And hear our children cry I see them hurting so And ask myself one question: Why? And prayers seem futile If we can't find a way To love one another The same way, every day ... and so I pray ... Holy Mother, hear our plight Holy Mother, stop the hate ... They swim towards the shore To run away from bitter War They get shot down in schools Because we love our tools More Their cries we do not hear Because we do not want To see ... But for a twist of Fate, Their parent could be you ... or me ... Holy Mother, hear our plight Holy Mother, stop the hate ... Ave Maria [BRIDGE] (and more …) We're cutting down their trees So that they cannot Breathe (and more …) We drug kids with a pill Just to make them Sit still And as they wilt away With every passing day Who cares? We send our thoughts and prayers And carry on the same Nightmares ... Holy Mother, hear our plight Holy Mother, stop the hate ...
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I'm looking down, with almost a wry smile, At those that hate and hated for a while The words I speak, for they themselves are liars ... I look again; and then I look back higher. *** How do you want me to love, Lord? How can I possibly keep my word? How can I love those that hate me And would torture me eternally? Why have you abandoned me, Lord? How can I possibly keep my bond? How can I love those that hurt me And do so quite intentionally? *** My faith doth shake ... for today it's my turn To be abused, as I have been since born; The question is: how much a man can take When all around him, everything is fake. I gave up my life to help this everchanging world; Despite it all, I never said a word; I gave You, Lord, everything I'd afford And preached of love, and never of the sword. And look at me - this is now what I get For having fought the good fight to the end, For having loved, though never loved back been ... And not thrown stones, for none is without sin. And now I'm down, and, lo, you are not here To see my plight, to heal my deepest fears; Am I alone? has this illusion been? Has all my faith been nothing but a dream? *** How do you want me to love, Lord? How can I possibly keep my word? How can I love those that hate me And would torture me eternally? Why have you abandoned me, Lord? How can I possibly keep my bond? How can I love those that hurt me And do so quite intentionally?
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04:11
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us - and let us not fall into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Our Father, Lord, the one that waits for us, away, That art above in heaven, so far from us today, May hallowed be Thy name, may it but blessed be When people understand the love you have, and see. Your heavenly Will be done, and may Your Kingdom come May all this manifest on Earth as well as Heaven, May You the bread of grace forever give today May we to forgive sins have strength to do, I pray, Even as You forgive the sins of those who've erred Against You ... from temptation keep us safe, oh Lord, Deliver us from evil, Thy name but blessed be "Amen" may say all voices that do in Thee believe.
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. REPEAT ONCE MORE

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released April 21, 2019

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