All the world is filled with grief.
There is no place to find relief —
Except at the foot of Jesus’ cross.
All the world is filled with hatred.
Hardened hearts to sin have catered —
But some souls sacrifice themselves.
All the world is filled with violence,
With killing, thievery, fighting, riots —
Except when people learn to forgive.
All the world is filled with madness,
Insanity twists sense to rashness —
But reason can find a better way.
All the world must turn around
Until a better truth be found —
And hearts and minds are finally sound.
I must believe God’s faithful love,
Else madness will my soul o’ertake.
If on myself I fix my eyes,
Despair will be my sorry fate.
I must believe, though I could choose
An easier path; with tide to swim,
To let opinion rule my life
And let the light within me dim.
I must believe the words God speaks,
When worldly cares do contradict.
As storm does rage; no shelter found —
But in God’s boat, all grace begins.
I must believe, and then one day
A shining light will lead my soul.
No longer strife and stress to sway,
My life at last found healed and whole.
Did you ever prod a sea anemone?
Well, that’s me.
If you come too close,
I scrunch inside;
Did you ever touch a little snail?
That’s sometimes me.
At slightest touch,
I scrunch inside;
Did you ever see a flower in early morn?
Sometimes that’s me.
I open wide
To the morning sun.
I’m having fun.
Did you ever hear a songbird sing?
That could be me.
I tell the world
Of all my gladness,
My springtime madness.
Did you ever feel the softest breeze?
That can be me.
My love to you
And friendship true.
Shatter the darkness,
Bring searing light.
Break all the bondage
With holy might.
Rend all the ramparts,
Strongholds of fear;
Bring understanding —
With wisdom draw near.
Strengthen our weakness,
Your courage now give.
Cleanse with Your Spirit
Our madness and sin.
Strike now our enemy,
Make him forlorn;
Let all his strongholds
Be tattered and torn.
Give us Your power;
Your spirit embue.
Without you, dear Jesus,
There’s naught we can do.