Music Reflection: “Come As You Are”

Lyrics

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
Lay down your hurt lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

Reflection

This song is a bit of a rarity in how I discovered it. My recollection is that I first heard in live in concert. It’s not often I find something new at a concert, but Nicole and I saw Crowder right before we moved to Goodland as the opening act for TobyMac.

I instantly fell into a deep connection with the song. It’s a great find that I enjoy both the music itself and the lyrics so much. When I hear the song, I’m instantly taken into a calmness. This is why I chose it for my first entry in this 5-part series on music’s impact on our daily faith life.

The message of welcome and openness speak volumes to me of who the church can be at its best. It is a place for deep connection with God, and a refuge from all that troubles us. This can be difficult to fully find in our world today, but I believe at our best, we can embody the message of this song. These lyrics point to what our calling is, and who we should be as Christ’s body in the world.

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

We have nothing in life than keep us from a place in God’s grace. As agents of that grace, we must work towards creating a place that hope is abundant, rest for the weary is present, and we can lay our burdens down. There is nothing in our life that heaven can’t cure, and nothing that should keep us from the fulfilling our deep mandate to live into love among our people and the world.

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