Take My Heart of Stone…

From my flesh take my heart of stone

Give me hope where despair has grown.

With a heart of flesh I’m not afraid,

Help me trust the plan by which I’m made.

From my flesh take my heart of stone

Give me Love for the Lord alone.

O, Holy Spirit, wash me clean,

Fill my spirit with faith unseen.

You shall be clean, you shall be clean.

I’ll wash away the stone wall.

I’ll bear your grief, I’ll take it all.

You shall be clean, you shall be clean.

From my flesh take my heart of stone

Take my will make Your will my own.

Sprinkle clean water upon me,

Eternally, O Lord, I am free.

From my flesh take my heart of stone

May Your Truth to others be known.

With a heart of flesh I can forgive,

Let go of hate and truly live.

You shall be clean, you shall be clean.

I’ll wash away the stone wall.

I”ll bear your grief, I’ll take it all.

You shall be clean, you shall be clean.

This song was inspired by Ezekiel 36:25-29 and I wrote it during Lent seventeen years ago.  The journey then was filled with bittersweetness and so it is now.  I choose to dwell on the sweetness and pray for mercy and grace for the bitterness.   The scripture and these lyrics are my prayer and meditation, newly reaffirmed this year: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  A new heart I will give you and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

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