AWAKENING

~ Sara Groves
Dress down your pretty faith

Give me something real
Leave out the “Thee” and “Thou” and speak to me now
Speak to my pain and confusion
Speak through my fears and my pride
Speak to the part of me that knows I’m something deep down inside

I know that I am not perfect, but compare me to most
In a world of hurt in a world of anger I think I’m holding my own
And I know that you’ve said there is more to life
No I am not satisfied
But there are mornings I wake up and I’m just thankful to be alive

I’ve known now for quite a while that I am not whole
I’ve remembered the body and the mind, but dissected my soul
Now something inside is awakening
Like a dream I once had and forgot
And it’s something I’m scared of and it’s something I don’t want to stop

I woke up this morning and I realized
That Jesus is not a portrait
Or stained glass windows
Or hymns
Or all the tradition that surrounds us

I thought it would be hard to believe in, but it’s not hard at all
To believe I’ve sinned
And fallen short
Of the glory of God
Of the Glory of God

He’s not asking me to change in my joy for martyrdom
He’s asking to take my place
To stand in the gap that I have formed
With His real
His Grace
It’s His Real Amazing Grace

And it’s not just a sign or a sacrament
It’s not just a metaphor for love
The blood is real and it’s not just a symbol
And it’s not just a sign or a sacrament
It’s not just a metaphor for love
The blood is real and it’s not just a symbol
It is real, and it’s not just a symbol
His blood is real
It’s not just a symbol of…
your faith
All of our faith
So…
Leave out the “Thee” and “Thou”
And speak. Now.