Prepare a Place for You

star.001Hello guys, just a quick post on this Monday morning.  I thought I would share a song I wrote for Easter many years back called “Prepare a Place for You,” based on some of the things Jesus told his followers in the days leading up to his death, burial, resurrection and ascension.  I think his words still apply today.  May they encourage you!  (A note about this recording – it’s from my CD “Remain in Me” which is a collection of songs from Jesus’ perspective to us.  All the songs on this album were recorded as live performance, without sequencing, quantizing or programming, so it has a kind-of live feel. My friend Peter Wade played the drums and I tracked all the other instruments.)

Prepare a Place for You

 

Prepare a Place for You

This land is suffering
From the curse of darkness
And desperate pain
My healing hands they’ve broken
Dark clouds gather here
Sun and brightness disappear

I have called you friends
We’ve walked along life’s dips and bends
And I’ve taught you what real love is
And I’ll always be with you
Though now I leave your shallow view

Now I go
To prepare a place for you
The way you know
To the father I’ve shown you
Time will end
And we’ll fly away my friend
To a world made new
So now I’m going to
Prepare that place for you

You will have my name
And though the dark clouds
May bring rain
Remember I am with you
And when you’re torn and bruised
Remember I went through it too
For you

And on that day you’ll run
Into my open arms
Beneath a dying sun
And a sky of falling stars
Time will end
And we’ll fly away my friend
To a world made new
So now I’m going to
Prepare that place for you


Rebuild the City

Hey guys – been quite  a whirlwind of great summer stuff going on since my last Monday Morning post.  Had an awesome time at the Campus Conference (ICMC), followed by a week up in the mountains for Youth Camp and then lots going on with my local ministry.  The ICMC was characterized by such a call for giving our all to change the world, and I was so inspired by being with all the college students.  It reminded me of one of the early ICMC’s I attended a few years back and wrote a song for, “Rebuild the City.”  The conference was held in Louisiana, and came a couple years after hurricane Katrina.  We got an opportunity as part of the conference schedule to go into neighborhoods still devastated by the storm and serve the communities.

It was a while back, but I don’t think I ever posted the song here so some might have never had the chance to catch it.  The words of this song are taken from various passages in Nehemiah.  As I was writing it I was thinking about working together to build up the city, both in serving the communities around us (like we did in New Orleans) and in a spiritual sense as we build up God’s church.  Here is a phone interview that Mike Taliaferro did with me about the song and the conference.

Here is a video taken at the conference, and below that the studio version that appears on my CD (or download), “The Whole World Will Know.”

Recording:  Rebuild the City (studio version – available on iTunes)

Rebuild the City

I’m here, stumbling.
The wall is crumbling,
Burned to stubble,
Heaps of rubble.
Come on let’s go back,
Examine the wall,
See where it is at.
Gonna take power on high
To rebuild it.

Gonna built up,gonna build strong,
Gonna build all together as one.
Gonna take you,gonna take me,
Gonna take all we’ve got to believe.
Never give up, never give in
Never gonna let the enemy win
Strengthen my hands,
‘Till we rebuild the city
Rebuild the city!

I’ll do my part.
Here, now, let’s start.
Fight on! Don’t fear.
Take heart –God’s here!
Trumpet sounds –join us.
Yeah, we’re gonna be victorious
‘Cause we got power on high
To rebuild it.

Gonna built up,gonna build strong,
Gonna build all together as one.
Gonna take you,gonna take me,
Gonna take all we’ve got to believe.
Never give up, never give in
Never gonna let the enemy win
Strengthen my hands,
‘Till we rebuild the city
Rebuild the city!

And someday we will walk on streets of gold,
A city with foundations from of old,
A city where the sunshine never ends,
Someday we will be there but ‘til then…

 

REBUILD THE CITY

Verse:
B vamp (16 bars)

Pre-chorus:
A / E / B / B
A / E / F# / F# (break)

Chorus
E / B / D / A
(repeating)

Bridge (“someday…”)
A / E / B / B
A / E / B / B
A / E / B / B
A / E / F# / F#


On the Mountain of the Lord – with guitar instruction

guitarHello everyone – I’ve had some requests for how to play this song on guitar.  I think it’s cool people are still singing it since the conference last summer.  This video gives a bit of instruction on how I play it, and then I just sing through the whole song.

See this earlier post with more of the scriptural and spiritual background of the song (lyrics are posted there too).

By the way check out this cool video with some highlights from the conference that Ken Angliongto made using my song.

Also, the new CD I released last summer with a studio version of this song plus lots of other uplifting tunes.

Glory to God for the way he continues to provide!

ON THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD – Capo 2 chords
(for actual chords for piano or other band members see earlier post)

Intro
Am G / C F
Am G / C
(repeat)

Verse
Am / G / F / C
(repeating)
last line of verse leading into chorus play G instead of C

Chorus
Am F / C G
(repeating)

Bridge
Am G / C F
F Am / G
(repeat)