A new song to sing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION / FEATURES - BY REV. LON­NIE S. ATKIN­SON Rev. Lon­nie S. Atkin­son is a min­is­ter with WellSpring Pres­by­te­rian Church in South­ern Kings. A guest ser­mon runs reg­u­larly in Satur­day’s Guardian and is pro­vided through Chris­tian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

As the na­tion pre­pared to cel­e­brate Canada 150 Day I found my­self singing all the Cana­dian songs I knew.

Light­foot’s “Cana­dian Tril­ogy”, Bobby Jimby’s cen­ten­nial clas­sic “Canada, We Love Thee” and more bounced around in my head.

Then I trav­elled across the na­tion, singing the words of “Some­thing to Sing About”. This na­tional pil­grim­age an­them led me to write the fol­low­ing song:

“You’re Home Weary Wan­derer”

(Sung to the tune of “Some­thing to Sing About”)

“I have walk on the shore Where Je­sus walked be­fore; Strode through the streets of old Jeri­cho.

Climbed the moun­tain up to the gate of David’s town;

Prayed in the gar­den, with sor­rows laid low.

I have preached in the mar­ket where Paul taught so long ago;

Sailed the Aegean like Apos­tles be­fore.

Stood in Rome where Peter face the power of a em­pire,

Long­ing to knock down ha­tred’s cruel doors.

Cho­rus:

From the gar­den to the fer­tile plain,

Past slav­ery to home again; Ex­o­dus and Ex­ile mid prophet words and more.

Each time God wel­comes us; Heal­ing our bro­ken wounds, “You’re home weary trav­eller, Wan­der no more.”

I have seen the cathe­drals rise High in the coun­try­side; Paused to wor­ship in a chapel by the sea.

Heard God speak in the words of a joy­ful wee one;

Saw true love in a soul set free.

I have longed to share the news of re­deem­ing love;

Hoped to of­fer a mes­sage filled with grace.

To a world so bro­ken and long­ing for a bet­ter way;

Invit­ing them to meet Je­sus face to face.

Cho­rus

From the gar­den to the fer­tile plain,

Past slav­ery to home again; Ex­o­dus and Ex­ile mid prophet words and more.

Each time God wel­comes us; Heal­ing our bro­ken wounds, “You’re home weary trav­eller, Wan­der no more.”

How will we reach our neigh­bours and the strangers,

Of­fer­ing the bless­ings of faith, hope and love?

Will our chil­dren be­lieve in a world that’s yet to be,

Alive to­day and in heaven above?

By grace we can of­fer to share in the hum­ble way;

Walk­ing and work­ing gen­tly side by side.

For God gave His pre­cious Son, a gift for ev­ery­one

Who in love for each of us died.

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