For this week’s SFTO episode we take to one of my favorite bands – a band that I read in a review, and I paraphrase “has the unique ability to constantly reinvent themselves”. The band is Jars of Clay. I own, not all, but many of their albums and have always appreciated their artistry. Yeah, they’ve caught some flack from their less than explicit Christian music, but you sure can’t label them a cookie cutter band. Maybe a cutting edge band.
This past Sunday we (the leadership of our church) launched a new church-wide vision to our leaders. The program ended with this song. The song is This Road and was actually recorded for a compilation album. I performed the song pretty much just like you’ll hear it (rough parts and all!) I thought this time I’d include the lyrics. If you pay attention, you’ll see where I lost my place and sort of made it up. Enjoy!
This Road – Jars of Clay
All heavy laden
Acquainted with sorrow
May Christ in our marrow, carry us home
From alabaster come blessings of laughter
A fragrance of passion and joy from the truth
Grant the unbroken tears ever flowing
From hearts of contrition only for You
May sin never hold true that love never broke through
For God’s mercy holds us and we are His own
This road that we travel, may it be the straight and narrow
God give us peace and grace from You, all the day
Shelter with fire, our voices we raise still higher
God give us peace and grace from You, all the day through