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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Come As You Are

It's said that people tend to notice things that reinforce what they already believe to be true, and subconsciously ignore things that contradict their beliefs. I think this is true for me most times, so I was surprised today when I noticed a hymn on another blog and it "spoke to me". The words of the hymn expressed an acceptance I'd normally file under the wishful thinking category where I'm concerned, because I know, with a deep "felt" knowledge, that I'm not good enough, not acceptable as I am, and never will be no matter how hard I strive, even unto the very end of time :-) But still ...

Come As You Are by Fr. Paul Gurr, O.Carm.

Come as you are. That’s how I want you.
Come as you are. Feel quite at home.
Close to my heart, Loved and forgiven,
Come as you are, Why stand alone.

No need to fear, Love sets no limits,
No need to fear, Love never ends.
Don’t run away, Shamed and disheartened
Rest in my love, Trust me again.

I came to call sinners, Not just the virtuous,
I came to bring peace, Not to condemn.
Each time you fail, To live by my promise,
Why do you think I’d love you the less.

Come as you are, That’s how I love you,
Come as you are, Trust me again.
Nothing can change the love that I bear you,
All will be well, Come as you are.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard that until a couple of years ago, when a friend recited it at my Dad's funeral. Not a dry eye in the house...

Absolutely beautiful...

11:56 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks for the comment. It is beautiful :-)

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my favourite hymn of all, so far.

It is one that I'd like to have at my funeral.

10:21 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Me too.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Any idea where I can find the music or a recording?

3:00 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Yes - I saw that Paul Gurr has a website with recordings of his songs, including that one - Music by Paul Gurr

9:37 PM  
Blogger se7ve7n said...

who and when wrote 'come as you are'?
does anyone know?

10:48 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

It was written by Father Paul Gurr, a Carmelite Priest. Don't know when it was written.

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was sung at my Nans funeral .. I already knew the song quite well cause it was played at our weekly masses often. At Nans funeral though ... well i couldn't help but cry. It is a very beautiful song, just like Nan. :)

6:17 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

I'm not sure who Fr Paul Gurr is, but that song was written by Sr Deidre Browne and is published bu Spectrum Publcations in Melboirne Australia.

11:57 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


Thanks for the information. I found the hymn somewhere, can't remember exactly where, and it was attributed to Paul Gurr, who does have a recording of it. Perhaps he has just recorded the song, but didn't write it.

3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been using this wonderful song to begin prayer groups for several years now. It never fails to touch the deepest part of me.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Editor, said...

Paul Gurr sung songs written by many people (listed here - but it's not clear if he actually wrote any himself.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous MArco said...

From my research as well, it is a song written by Sr Deidre Browne and is published by Spectrum Publications in Melbourne Australia.

2:30 AM  

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