11 January 2019

Cease Striving


The following is a song written and played at graduation by New Life Recovery Student Joel McGrath: 

VERSE 1: 
Let me tell you a story, ‘bout a man, who been lost so long been lookin’ for a song 
To bring meaning, maybe a new start – to breathe life into an empty cold and broken heart

I’ve given him dreams, and visions, some fulfilled some lost but with choices bad or good, 
woulda coulda should, either way – there’s a cost

CHORUS 1:
So I say to him cease striving, and know, that I – I am God
You will seek, and find – but it’s only when you seek, with all your heart

VERSE 2: 
Let me tell you a story, ‘bout a man, whom I call my child my friend
Only one thing he needs to know – He is my son, whom I love with him, I am well pleased

But he been tryin’ to earn my love with religion and performance  
But with time he’s realizin’ that all his strivin’, is of little importance

CHORUS 2:
So I say to him be a man, set free, surrender your life to me
For I am all, you need, in your heart I’ve planted a seed

BRIDGE:
Might as well let go and give me the pain – the loss, fear and regret, the guilt and shame
I see your heart, I know your cause – it’s not for fame it’s not for applause
I will prune, mold and refine - in my perfect timing like the noonday sun, I’ll let it shine

CHORUS (2X):
So I say to him cease striving, and know, that I – I am God
You will seek, and find – but it’s only when you seek, with all your heart

So I say to him be a man, set free, surrender your life to me
For I am all, you need, in your heart I’ve planted a seed







Joel David McGrath
New Life Recovery Program Graduate
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