I was looking over the content of Reflections and realised that I have made very little use of music and song. Yet I know, that many people find music a great aid in their prayer life. I tend to be a silence person myself, but I suspect I am in the minority!

So this is the first of, hopefully, several posts looking at music that can enhance our prayer life. I was introduced to this beautiful song of Bernadette Farrell's by my spiritual director a couple of years ago - and I was entranced. It is called Everyday God and it always touches me deeply and makes me want to sing out my love for God.

I have attached a rather lovely YouTube video clip to allow you to listen to it. Once you have heard it a couple of times and 'got' the tune, you might like to find a quiet place and moment and settle yourself to pray. Offer the time to God, thank God for the moment and then open yourself to God as you listen to the song once more - joining in if and whenever you feel like it. You can make it a prayer from the heart - a sung meditation. Perhaps even use your body, your arms, your head as part of your worshipping meditation.


For those who would like to use the words to meditate on - but without the music - then here they are. You might like to do a 'Lectio Divina' style of meditation with the words, dwelling on and mulling over the phrase or word that strikes a chord with you.


Earth's creator,
      Everyday God,
Loving Maker,
      O Jesus,
You who shaped us,
      O Spirit,
Recreate us,
      Come, be with us.

In your presence,
      Everyday God,
We are gathered,
      O Jesus,
You have called us,
      O Spirit,
To restore us,
      Come, be with us.

Life of all lives,
      Everyday God,
Love of all loves,
      O Jesus,
Hope of all hopes,
      O Spirit,
Light of all lights,
      Come, be with us.

In our resting,
      Everyday God,
In our rising,
      O Jesus,
In our hoping,
      O Spirit,
In our waiting,
      Come, be with us.

In our dreaming,
      Everyday God,
In our daring,
      O Jesus,
In our searching,
      O Spirit,
In our sharing,
      Come, be with us.

God of laughter,
      Everyday God,
God of sorrow,
      O Jesus,
Home and shelter,
      O Spirit,
Strong and patient,
      Come, be with us.

Way of freedom,
      Everyday God,
Star of morning,
      O Jesus,
Timeless healer,
      O Spirit,
Flame eternal,
      Come, be with us.

Word of gladness,
      Everyday God,
Word of mercy,
      O Jesus,
Word of friendship,
      O Spirit,
Word of challenge,
      Come, be with us.

Gentle father,
      Everyday God,
Faithful brother,
      O Jesus,
Tender sister,
Loving mother,
      Come, be with us.

Our beginning,
      Everyday God,
Our unfolding,
      O Jesus,
Our enduring,
      O Spirit,
Journey's ending,
      Come, be with us.

Alleluia,
      Everyday God,
Now and always,
      O Jesus,
Alleluia,
      O Spirit,
Through all ages,
      Come, be with us.

6 comments

  1. Jayne  

    12 May 2009 at 22:40

    Luvly Kath - heard the song before but nice to follow the exact words especially with the lovely pictures.

  2. Anonymous  

    12 May 2009 at 23:43

    Never heard this before...challenging but uplifting for me at the same time...
    love the style and gentleness of the melody...
    Is it available to download or on a particular cd? Thanks
    Music is a massive communication in all rships...and situations..

    Col

  3. Jackie Bellfield  

    28 May 2009 at 01:44

    Doing this on Penetecost Sunday - it seems so appropriate

  4. Anonymous  

    15 September 2009 at 04:28

    I love this as well but I wonder if you have permission from the composer to publish all of this? Ownership of the work means that one can control what happens to this piece of work. She owns the copyright and generally you would need a license from her to put the lyrics and the person creating the YouTube video would also need a license.

    Sometimes a composer would let you use it for free but most likely she would want some kind of compensation.

  5. Anonymous  

    9 April 2010 at 19:45

    when i heard this song i started to cry im making one myself and im a child i will always believe in our lord

  6. Kingston  

    15 January 2013 at 21:13

    I love this song... It's one of the best song i have ever heard in my life time. I wish i had a chance to meet with Bernadette Farrell. Thank you for this motivational praise hymn... I cherish it... :D <3