Music, Songs, Uncategorized

Erika – #2 in the songs series


Erika - Jewel

Erika, oh Erika
Why do you cry so?
When I tell you you’re beautiful
Why do you cry so?
When I say nice things to you
Why do you cry so?

What did they tell you
When you were a child?
What did they tell you
While you were growing up?
How did they hurt you?
How did they make you sad?
You are a beautiful girl
You are a beautiful girl

Erika, oh Erika
Why do you cry so?
When I tell you you’re beautiful
Why do you cry so?
When I say nice things to you
Why do you cry so?

I’m so glad I got to know you
To hold you and share with you
I’m so glad I got to love you
The privilege is mine to have known you
To me you are so precious
A jewel to be treasured
You are a beautiful girl
You are a beautiful girl

Erika, oh Erika
Why do you cry so?
When I tell you you’re beautiful
Why do you cry so?
When I say nice things to you
Why do you cry so?

This song was inspired by a girl I met in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  As the title suggests, her name is Erika.  My husband and I were leading an arts team and one night, while doing some street performing in a slum area of the city I met her.  I believe that God values each person as an individual, so I had made it a habit to pray and ask God who he would have me approach and what he would have me share with that person.  I saw Erika watching in the distance and what came to my mind was a passage from the Bible, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavey laden and I will give you rest.  Take my burden upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  I decided to take a step of faith and share that with her, and as I did, she started crying.  This was during the beginning of our month-long stay in that place.  Erika and I developed a really special relationship.  So much so that she started calling me mom.  She would come and visit us all the time and I would share God’s heart with her and she would cry, and cry, and cry.  She is such a beautiful girl, and so precious.  She is a jewel, as all people are in the sight of God.  I don’t know what had caused her so much hurt and pain.  I just know that her maker loved her, and wanted to make her whole.  And so was birthed this song, ‘Erika’.

Have you ever felt like you were no good? Have you ever been belittled by someone?  If so, how has it affected you as a person? How did it make you feel? Did you see yourself differently?  Did you think of yourself any less than you had thought before?  Did it affect your self-esteem.  I know that it did for me. Penny for your thoughts hmmmmm…..

Music, Songs, Uncategorized

Coram Deo – 1st in the song series


 Coram Deo

I was made to know you
to breathe you
to need you
to live you

Coram Deo, Coram Deo
I am always before your face
I want to live reality
Coram Deo

You live in my being
the core of me
possess me
consume me

Coram Deo, Coram Deo
I am always before your face
I want to live reality
Coram Deo

You are my satisfaction
my joy
delight
my life

Coram Deo, Coram Deo
I am always before your face
I want to live reality
Coram Deo

(This song is the first song in the blog series I am doing on the CD, Coram Deo.)

Coram Deo is a latin expression and it means, “before the face of God”.  It implies that my entire life is constantly lived before Him. It takes away the idea of the separation of the secular and the sacred.

The word secular refers to a state that is worldly rather than spiritual and is not related either to religion, spiritual matters or to a religious body, for instance, secular music or secular buildings (http://www.ask.com/question/what-does-secular-mean).  I would like to add that secular activities would include education, work, taking a shower, eating a meal with my family, chores around the house, etc.   

Sacred means to be devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated (http://www.ask.com/web?qsrc=1&o=0&l=dir&q=meaning+of+sacred).  In other words, church attendance, worship services, prayer, outward religious acts, etc.

I don’t consider myself to be religious, but someone who has a relationship with her creator that is intimate, vibrant and real.  As a Christian, I believe that the way to God is through relationship, and that we were created with that purpose – Relationship.

No one wants to have a relationship that is forced, fake, dishonest or uncommitted.  True Christianity is exactly the opposite of that.  It’s not hypocritical, nor is it a following of a set of rules.  It is being intertwined in an intimacy that involves every fibre of one’s being (Sarah Young-Jesus Calling).  It is living in freedom to be all that one was created to be.  It is having a way to be forgiven and restored.  It is Coram Deo.

How do you see God?  Do you believe that He values relationship or rules?  And if you like, please let me know of what you think of the song.   How does it speak to you?  How does it make you feel?