If you love me, then just love me. Don’t just give me pretty words.

Yesterday’s prompt from the Daily Post (punctuality is an issue for me on here, I know) was to take a line from a song you love or connect with and make it the title of your post.  I love far too many songs to easily settle on one.  But, I managed.

This is one of  my favourite songs by a band called The Wedding entitled “Say Your Prayers.”  Here  it is.  

Look at you now just standing there
Like you think you’re something
The lights are up
And the crowd is looking your way
Just waiting for what you have to say
So go ahead boy,
Give ’em a little taste of hypocrisy
And maybe a hint of blasphemy
Whatever you’re preaching, it isn’t me
You wanna walk with me?
Do ya? wanna walk with me?
Well if you love me
Then just love me
Don’t you give me pretty words
Lay your life down at the altar
Let me see how serious you are
These people don’t look to me no more
They’ve got their idols in various forms
With lust in their eyes
They crave for more
Take their place with the corporate carnivours
Whoa! keep your focus
Cuz the day will come
When everyone will give account
For what they’ve done
Make me proud
Make me proud my son
You wanna walk with me?
Do ya? wanna walk with me?
Well if you love me
Then just love me
Don’t you give me pretty words
Lay your life down at the altar
Let me see how serious you are
Look at this broken world
Look at my children, oh
Look at this broken world
Look at my children, oh
Cuz they’re already gone
Sing to me the love song
Look up!
Say your prayers on the steps of the capital
Look up!
Say your prayers on your knees
Look up!
Say your prayers
Oh!
Look up!
Say your prayers
You want it to be like you always thought it would
But all you seem to accomplish is the opposite
You wanna walk with me?
Do ya? wanna walk with me?
Well if you love me
Then just love me
Don’t you give me pretty words
Lend your life down at the altar
Let me see how serious you are

I love the sound of the song, but I also love the message and how it is presented as if it is from God.  God cares more about having our heart and genuine love and less about the flowery perfect lives we can act like we lead.

I had friends who would always laugh at the way I prayed.  Because I just said whatever was on my mind.  I talk to God like I talk to people.  Which can sometimes be a bit bizarre.  Patrick sees my praying as an adventure of sorts.  But really, like the song says, God doesn’t need perfect formulated prayers.  He just wants us to walk with Him.  And He wants us to act like we walk with Him all the time, not just when we think we should.

So, some people may not like the song because it screams and others may not like the song for what it says.  But I quite like all of it.  I am glad God wants that sort of serious, genuine relationship.

Plus, the song just genuinely gets me pumped.  Something I need on this delightful post-call morning.

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