His favorite music

Rick loved Christian music. There was one CD of the Keeping the Faith collection that he particularly enjoyed and listened to very often. I used to hear the music in the background when we were working, Rick at his computer and I at mine. I did not pay attention to the words of these songs until recently. I found out why he liked them so much. Each song of this CD reveals something about Rick. Some speak of his struggle, others of his brokenness, his heart’s desires and his hopes. Some songs speak Lord’s encouragement to Rick, and as if it were a prophecy, the last song is a reality for Rick today. I pray that you are encouraged by these beautiful songs as Rick was when he listened to them and as I am today.

Song 1. JUST COME IN (Mp3 - 1052kb)

What do I see you dragging out here
Is that for your atoning
I know you are sorry
I’ve seen your tears
You don’t have to show me
What makes you think
You must make that go away
I forgot when I forgave
I wish you would

Just come in, just leave that right there.
Love does not care
Just come in lay your heart right here
You should never fear

You think you’ve crossed some sacred line
And now I will ignore you
If you look up you will find
My heart is still toward you
Look at the sky the east to the west
That’s where I through this
When you first confessed
Let it go now

Just come in
Just leave that right there
Love does not care
Just come in
Lay your heart right here
You should never fear

I will forgive you no matter what you’ve done
No matter how many times you turn around
I love you
Wish you’d come.

Just come in
Just leave that right there
Love does not care
Just come in
Lay your heart right here
You should never fear
Just come in
Just leave that right there
I don’t care

Song 2. A ROSE IS A ROSE (Mp3 - 1212kb)

You’re at a standstill
You’re at an impasse
Your mountain of dreams
Seems harder to climb
By those who have made you
Feel like an outcast
Cause you dare to be different
So they’re drawing a line

They say you’re a fool
They feed your resistance
They tell you you’ll never
Go very far
But they’ll be the same ones
That stand in the distance
And glow in the shadow
Of your shining star

Just keep on the same road
And keep on your toes
Just keep your heart
Steady as you go.
And let them call what they will
It don’t matter.
A rose by any name is still a rose.

The kindness of strangers
It seems like a fable
But they’ve yet to see what I see in you
But you can make it
If you are able
To believe in yourself the way I do.

Just keep on the same road
And keep on your toes
Just keep your heart steady as you go
And let them call you what they will
It don’t matter
A rose by any name is still a rose

As a deal is in a deal
and a hart of a dream
And a spade is a spade
If you know what I mean.
A rose is a rose, is a rose.

To deal with the scoffers
Is part of the bargain
They heckle from back roads
And the bark at the moon
Their flowers are fading
In time’s bitter garden
But yours is only
Beginning to bloom

Just keep on the same road
And keep on your toes
Just keep your heart steady as you go
And let them call you what they will
Just remember
A rose by any name is still a rose
A rose by any name is still a rose

Song 3. BROKENNESS (Mp3 - 931kb)

In my brokenness
In my hour of darkness
I will lift my hands and worship You

In my brokenness
In my time of sadness
I will lift my voice in praise to You

Time stands still
As I kneel down before You
Life draws near
Like waves upon the shore
You touch me

In my brokenness
In these whispering shadows
I will lift the pieces of my heart to You

Time stands still
As I kneel down before You
Life is here
Your waves of power and glory touched me

In my brokenness
In my heart of darkness
I will lift my hands and worship You

I will lift my hands and worship You

Song 4. MY PLACE IN THIS WORLD (Mp3 - 936kb)

The wind is moving
But I am standing still
A life of pages
Waiting to be filled
A heart that is hopeful
A head that’s full of dream
But this becoming
Is harder than it seems
Feels like I’m…

Looking for a reason
Roaming through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need Your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

If there are millions
Down on their knees
Among the many
Can you still near me?
Hear me asking
Where do I belong
Is there a vision
That I can call my own
Show me

I’m looking for a reason
Roaming through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to find
My place in this world
My place in this world

Looking for a reason
Roaming through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

Looking for a reason
Roaming through the night to find
My place in this world
My place in this world
Not a lot to lean on
I need your light to help me find
My place in this world
My place in this world

Song 5. MY HEART’S CRY (Mp3 - 747kb)

This is my heart’s cry
I want to know the One who saved me
And gave me life
This is my heart’s cry
To be so closed to Him
That all my life becomes
A testimony of my Savior’s grace and love
This is my heart’s cry

This is my heart’s cry
Much more than just a great desire
It’s like a fire in me
I hear my heat cry
Each time I think about the cross where Jesus died
The cross should have been mine
But His love broke through time
And heard my heart’s cry
He heard my heart’s cry

Now every other hope and dream
It’s lost inside this one thing
To know the One who died for me
And live my life for Jesus Christ
It’s my heart’s cry

So let my life become
A testimony of my Savior’s grace and love
Oh this is my heart’s cry
To stand before the Father one day
And hear Him say “Well done”
This is my heart’s cry

Song 6. SOMETHING NEW (Mp3 - 938kb)

When you pass through the waters I will be there
I’ll watch over you
When you walk through the valley
I will comfort you for I am the Lord your God who lights the way
There is no need to be afraid
Don’t le the path keep holding you back
Don’t lose the dream in which you believed
For I want to do deep within you something new

When you’re dry as a dessert
You can drink from Me water rich and free
When you need some forgiveness
I will show you mercy and light a fire
That will burn a brand new road
It will show you where to go

Don’t let the path keep holding you back
Don’t lose the dream in which you believed
For I want to do deep within you something new

You can make a difference for a better way
For living for tomorrow means
Making the best of today

Turn the page and you will see
Just how rich your life could be
Don’t let the path keep holding you back
Just watch the dream be reality
Open your heart so I can do something new
Open your heart so I can do something new

Song 7. ALL BECAUSE OF YOU (Mp3 - 1087kb)

Out of the dark out of the dark I come
Into the light into the blazing sun
Scars on my soul there for the world to see
But I'm standing here all because of You

Just like a child I freely trust again
Truth reconciled this is the journey’s end
Lips on the cup You lifted up for me
And I'm standing here all because of You

You saved me and You gave me hope
You reached me just in time

Oh You saved me and You gave me hope
You reached me just in time

Teach me Your ways
Cause I'm learning how to feel
There's something inside
That only Your love can heal
And when You see me
Know that I'll always be
Standing here
All because of You
I'll be standing here
All because of You

Song 8. HOLDING ME (Mp3 - 1149kb)

I turn my collar up
As I step into the cold
I feel the chill of the misty air
There is a storm that blows
Into the canyons of my soul
But I know that You are holding me
I know that You are holding me

I see the shadows
As they dance across the wall
They come and go like people do
So many sad goodbyes
Have froze this fragile heart of mine
I know that You are holding me
I know that You are holding me

And the times that pure emotion
just washes over me and
I'm swept away lost in your embrace
And at times you are warm and tender
And I feel just as safe
As a baby in her father’s arms

So maybe tomorrow will be better than today
or maybe it will not come at all
But no matter what it brings
I will just rest in this moment
I know that You are holding me
I know that You are holding me

Song 9. JOY IN THE JOURNEY (Mp3 - 712kb)

There is a joy in the journey
There is a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all those who believe
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind.

To all who’ve been born of the Spirit
And share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin
Forget no the hope that’s before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost

There is a joy in the journey
There is a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And freedom for those who obey

Song 10. MY PLACE IS WITH YOU (Mp3 - 938kb)

I've walked along a hundred highways
Some I wish I could forget
And I've burned a lot of bridges
And there’s not one that I regret
Cause every path I've ever taken
Have all lead me to Knowing my place
My place is with You

I've had my promises forsaken
And too many empty words
Now I'm amazed it’s so astounding
That I wont get what I deserve
Oh the lies I have lived for
I have finally found the truth
I know my place
My place is with You

You were my treasure forever
The one dream I searched for

I’ve not been given my tomorrows
I'm only certain of today
If I don't see another sunrise
I will not have to be afraid
I know we will be together
When all my days are through
I know my place
My place is with You

Song 11. I WILL BE FREE (Mp3 - 1150kb)

The mountains are steeper
The valleys low
Already I'm weary
But I have so far to go
Oh, and sorrow holds my hand
And suffering sings me songs
But when I close my eyes
I know to Whom I belong
Who makes me strong

I will be free
I will be free to run up mountains
I will be free
Free to drink from the living fountain
Oh I'll never turn back
Because He waits for me
Oh I will be free

A wise man, a rich man
In pauper’s clothes
A shepherd to lead us
Through the land of woes
Though many battles I have lost
So many rivers yet to cross
But when my eyes behold the Son
Who bore my loss
Who paid the cost

I will be free
I will be free to run up mountains
I will be free
Oh, free to drink from the living fountain
Oh I'll never turn back because He waits for me
Oh I will be free

And I’ll dance on silver moonlight
And I'll walk through velvet fields
Oh, and I'll run into the arms
The arms that set me free

Oh I will be free to run the mountains
I will be free
Free to drink from the living fountain
Oh I'll never turn back
Cause he awaits…I'll never turn back cause
Don't you ever turn back
Because someday someday we are gonna see
We will be free



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