I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry

I discovered a new hymn today.  I was speaking with a dear friend today about hymnody and he suggested I look up a hymn called “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry.”  Here are the words by John Ylvisaker:

“I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.”

“When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk ’till rising sun.”

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I’ve begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.”

“I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.”

I was struck by the idea that God sings these very words to each of us–to me and to you.  God rejoices and delights in us, from the dawning to the setting of our lives.  This is the lullaby of love that God wants each of us to hear as we drift off to sweet sleep.  May we dream the dreams of new and abundant life.

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