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10. Be Near Me

Imagination
by Bethany Dillon



 

I follow all the rules
Well, at least Iím trying
Hoping when my days are through
Iíll think Iím worth Your dying
Iíve lived the longest days
Thinking my heart was so bad
Too scared to look in Your face
Oh, if only I had

And is it alright
If I stay here all night
By the shoreline

I cannot believe You are angry or unjust
You have done nothing but have compassion on us
So be near when Iíve given up
Be near me

Iím just like everyone else
We are all hiding
Acting like I have a wealth
Of knowledge and peace
But all Iíve ever wanted
And what men have given their lives for
Is a God who understands my weaknesses
A God that I can love

I believe You are good and righteous
Youíve given me Your reckless love
So be near, be nearÖ



Behind the Song:
'One of my favorite movies of all time is a film based on Martin Lutherís life, Luther. Itís so honest. Some of the most compelling scenes are the ones where he is so visibly struggling with the God of the 15th and 16th century Catholic ChurchÖ wondering if He was really as unfeeling and rigid as he had been taught. In one scene, Martin is burying a young boy in the church cemeteryÖ which was forbidden, because it was a suicide, and suicides were sent to hell. Thereís a crowd forming on the street, and he looks out at them and says, ďGod must be mercy.Ē Every time I watch that movie, I realize how much Iíve been deceived. Iíve been guilted into believing God is something that Heís never beenÖ hard, cold, and merciless; like a kid with a magnifying glass sitting on top of an anthill. When Martin Luther read the Gospels for the first time, it changed everything. Thereís no possible way to fit into words how desperate I was for that in my own lifeÖ to see God not as a tyrant, but as a compassionate Father. I long to be free from all the lies Iíve accepted about HimÖ to come before Him in all confidence, knowing that nothing but the fiercest love is waiting for me there.' - Bethany Dillon

ďBut all Iíve ever wanted/And what men have given their lives for/Is a God who understands my weaknesses/A God that I can loveÖĒ

 

 

 

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