Music Reflection: “The Prayer”

Lyrics

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
As we go our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
La luce che to dai
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore restero
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarchi che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede see’e
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.
Sognamo un mondo senza piu violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace e di fraternita
La forza che ci dai
We ask that life be kind
E’il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amore
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a se
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child
Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salvera

Reflection

This is a song that initially caught my attention purely from a musical sense. The tone and movement of the piece just simply spoke to me. I couldn’t help but start adding it to playlists and keep coming back to it. Over time, the lyrics began to draw me in even more.

The opening lines set the tone for the message that opens us up to experience God. The prayer is simple, yet complex at the same time. The singer asks for God’s guidance into the unknown, the unseeable future. Over 20 years since this song came on the scene, the words still ring true. We need God to oversee us, and guide us to a safe place.

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your Grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
These words seem such a simple request, but the action needed of us in response to the prayer is much more involved. In order for us to receive God’s oversight and guidance to a safe place, we must have the faith to be guided by God’s Grace in the first place. Our faith and trust in God will enable us to be ushered to a safe harbor in the midst of uncertainty in life.

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