• advent journal: will you find me

    by  • November 29, 2016 • advent journal, grief, hope, music • 9 Comments

    One of my early sixtieth birthday presents happened this summer when I got to go to Camp Copperhead, which is Steve Earle’s songwriting camp. Since he and Shawn Colvin put out a record together this year, she was there as well. There are many stories to tell of the week, but tonight I want to share the lyrics to a song I wrote while I was there. I suppose I should say I completed it, since I had carried some of the words around for a long time. They seem like a good offering tonight. I will work on getting the melody where you can here it another time.

    will you find me in the dying of the day
    and remind me what I have to keep and what to throw away
    the words that I can lean on when there’s nothing left to say
    will you find me in the dying of the day

    will you find me in the darkness and the doubt
    and remind me what I have to hold as I feel tossed about
    show me what flickers in the shadows that never will go out
    won’t you find me in the darkness and the doubt

    Lord have mercy Christ have mercy
    can we still sing if hope is ground to dust
    Lord have mercy Christ have mercy
    I’m not looking for dead certain
    I only need to trust

    that you’ll find me when the battle has been lost
    and remind me I am on your side no matter what the cost
    stoke the fire that burns inside my heart to stand the killing frost
    will you find me when the battle has been lost

    oh, will you find me . . .

    Peace,
    Milton

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    9 Responses to advent journal: will you find me

    1. Suzanne Cate
      November 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Wow. Yes.

    2. Georgiaredsox
      November 29, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Travelers walking the same path find each other. I’m walking with you.

    3. November 29, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      This is brutiful.

    4. Julianne
      November 30, 2016 at 8:29 am

      looking forward to hearing it as well!

    5. November 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks for this. Now I’m hearing Van singing his “will you find me… I’m nothin’ but a stranger in this world… I got a home on high…”

    6. Barbara Wrigley
      November 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Thanks, Milton. That’s a keeper. (btw, I was channeling you at Pilgrim last Sunday when I portrayed Isaiah!)

    7. November 30, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Wow–this is wonderful Milton. Thank you for sharing it; would love to hear the music!

    8. Mary Anna Hovey
      November 30, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I love this! speaks to my heart.

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