O Christ, Surround Me
This summer while at Middle School Montreat, I was introduced to the most beautiful prayer. I had intended to blog about it and then proceeded to get distracted and forgot about this enchanting hymn. Flash forward five and a half months and I'm sitting in worship looking at the bulletin. There, listed as the final hymn, I see O Christ, Surround Me. I think to myself, "I feel like I know that song, but that's not a Baptist hymn I grew up on." So, I flip to the page and begin to read the words. Spilling from my heart, the tune comes back and I am again overwhelmed by the beauty of this hymn, this prayer. O Christ, Surround Me isn't actually a staple in the Presbyterian hymnal. In fact, it is one of the new hymns introduced in the Glory to God hymnal that was recently released. In 2004, Richard Colligan wrote the hymn inspired by the breastplate prayer of St. Patrick. Colligan penned the song as he was working on his masters thesis. I love how he blends spiritual formation with congregational singing in this hymn.
God be the love to search and keep me God be the prayer to move my voice God be the strength to now uphold me O Christ, surround me O Christ, surround me
For me this opening verse is very humbling. I more and more find myself needing to ask God to guide my voice. As an extrovert I am quick to speak. For me, beginning my day asking God to guide my voice means that I will speak the truth in LOVE. That I will use my words to build up. That when people hear my voice, they would hear a word from God.
Bind to myself the name of HolyGreat cloud of witnesses enfoldProphets, apostles, angels witnessO Christ, surround meO Christ surround me
Brightness of sun and glow of moonlightFlashing of lightning, strength of windDepth of the sea to soil of planetO Christ, surround meO Christ, surround me
Walking behind to hem my journeyGoing ahead to light my wayAnd from beneath, above, and all waysO Christ, surround meO Christ, surround me
Christ in the eyes of all who see meChrist in the ears who hear my voiceChrist in the hearts of all who know meO Christ, surround meO Christ, surround me