My New Year Prayer

I was running on the treadmill yesterday, pondering the new year. At the same time, I was listening to a song by a (now defunct) band called Church of Rhythm. They were a group of guys from WillowCreek Church in Chicago who put out two really good albums in the 1990’s. One of the band members is now a member of Superchick. Anyway, the song, Common People, was playing, and I thought, “Yah. This is what I want to see become more of a reality in my life and in the life of the church.” These words describe my desire and my prayer as the new year begins.

We are a common people, each of us a fallen man
Let’s find that common ground and stop drawing lines in the sand

We are a common people, living in a common life
There are ties that bind us all when we look beyond the lines
Common people, you and I

Can’t we tear the fences down
Can’t we rip the labels off
Can we share the common ground
Instead of judging what is not

Can’t we love instead of hate
Can’t we trust instead of fear
Can we stop fighting for a moment
And feel our common tears

Is it us against them, wrong against right,
black against white, my kind your kind
There comes a time to put the argument down
and have a party on the common ground

I see a blind man on the street
He doesn’t know what I look like
So he can’t judge the man I am
Except by what he sees inside

I see a child on the street
He doesn’t know the mistakes I made
I know he takes me where I am
He sees a friend not a crusade

Lord help me live like this
Lord help me love like this

I see a brother on the other side
Of my crusade, my holy fight
I think I know where I went wrong
When I gave up love to be proved right

I saw a man die on a cross
He forgot the mistakes I made
He died for me the way I was
and He wants me to love the same

Lord help me live like this
Lord help me love like this