Carolyn Arends Album: Under the Gaze Track: Who You Are
Who You Are Lyrics
Built from clay and breath of God This is who you are Made to house eternal love This is who you are Matter and spirit combined This is who you are Temple for the Lord Most High This is who you are
Echo of creation's song This is who you are Remnant of the Chosen Ones This is who you are Ember of a holy fire This is who you are Object of the King's desire This is who you are
Who you are, who you are Who you are, who you are Heaven sings this song to you... This is who you are
Little lamb who wanders off This is who you are One the Shepherd won't leave lost This is who you are Rescued by His sacrifice This is who you are Now the hands and feet of Christ This is who you are
Who you are, who you are...
Hear the Father call your name Shine with His eternal flame Bear His image in your soul This is who you are Listen 'til you finally know This is who you are
C 2004 Songs of Peer, Ltd / Mr. Marley's Music (ASCAP)
About the Song
My friend Vicki likes to sojourn to the Abbey of Gethsemeni in Kentucky (which was home for 27 years to the great monastic writer Thomas Merton). She sent me a little card from the Abbey - sort of a bookmark - containing Merton's Litany of the Person, which affirms all that we are, both to God and because of Him.
Steve Bell is fond of talking about St. John of Kronstadt - a parish priest in 19th Century Russia who was known to cup the chins of the most debauched vagrants so he could look into their eyes and tell them that what they were doing was beneath their dignity, and that in reality they had been created to house the fullness of God.
We have been created to house the fullness of God. If we could really understand - at our core - who God is and therefore who we are, nothing would be the same.
Steve Bell, fittingly, sings on this track, which makes me very happy. Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was unfortunately not available.