I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

We’ve just finished the rounds of Christmas concerts involving the choirs my daughter sings in. Although the choirs sang many songs that I love hearing, one in particular sticks in my mind. It is a song that I had not heard before I heard her Chamber Choir perform it, although I now understand it is popularly used at Baptisms (and sometimes Confirmations as well). The song is I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry, and the lyrics go like this:

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.

I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.

If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk ’till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I’ve begun.

When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.

I heard the song sung a number of times these past few weeks of concerts. Each time, as I listened to the lyrics, I looked at my daughter singing them from her place in the choir. I first heard the words as though I were singing them to her, with visions of her at various stages – from the newborn first placed in my arms to the young woman now singing before me – passing through my mind. Then, still with the feeling of my unbounded love for her, I heard the words sung by God to me, and was filled with that same sense of unbounded love, now coming from God.

So, read the lyrics again. And this time, hear God saying the words to you because, truly, this is a song God sings to each of us.

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