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#72238 - 02/09/04 07:57 PM new to coming out
abcd Offline

Registered: 10/20/00
Posts: 189
Loc: GA
This may seem random, but this song I heard at church the other day was just awesome (especially for one who is new to the coming out thing...). It just really touched me (even more than his sermon FOR gay marriages).

Will You Come and Follow Me?
By John Bell

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown?
Will you let my name be known?
Will you let my life be grown in you and in you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and in you in me?

Will you let the blind see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the lepers clean and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean to you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you found to reshape the world around?
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me.

Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll grow, where your love and footsteps show
Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

#72239 - 02/10/04 06:40 PM Re: new to coming out
Brayton Offline

Registered: 10/21/03
Posts: 696
Loc: Minneapolis
I was as a child and still am deeply moved and affected by much of the recorded teachings of Jesus.

His invitation to "follow me" is one of them. He is plain about what is to be left behind--all material possessions--but I think in that may be implied that all preconceptions about how a human being should behave in society are to be left behind as well.

"Follow me" and do what? I agree that the words of this hymn are all of what is implied by that invitation. Oh, that all of us might hear it and take it to heart.

There are, I think, many followers too busy following to worry about whether or not they are being perceived as doing things in a right and proper "Christian" way. They are, I suspect, the "meek" that he refers to elsewhere.

"In the world outside of things, there is nothing to get in the way."

Sometimes, things just won't work the way we want them to.


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