Sunday, June 28, 2009

"Ephphatha (Be Opened)"

The song "Ephphatha (Be Opened)" was inspired by the idea of opening ourselves to the sacredness in all that is around us. The Aramaic word ephphatha comes from Mark 7:31-37, where Jesus opens the ears of a deaf man. This gospel story isn't just about something that happened once upon a time in a land far away. This story is about what God is always doing. God is continually present in our lives, calling us into a holy adventure of discipleship and mission. The problem is that our lives are busy and so we often remained closed off to the Divine in our midst. The gift of this gospel story is that it invites us to open ourselves to God's gracious love, abiding presence, and sacred guidance that is always in our lives. Once we open ourselves to God, we see with new eyes, hear with new ears, speak with new tongues, think with new minds, and feel with new hearts. The ordinary becomes divine. And that is a beautiful miracle. This song is about the miracle that comes from opening ourselves to the Divine "in whom we live, move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28).



To the birds outside your window
To the river floating by
To the fact you're God's beloved
Be opened, precious child.

To the ones around you, broken
To the chained, who long to fly
To those regretting words unspoken
Be opened, precious child

Be opened to the fullness
Be opened to the Word
Be opened to your story
Be opened, child, be heard

To the beauty of each moment
To this wondrous gift of life
To all creation, singing praises
Be opened, precious child

Be opened to the fullness
Be opened to the Word
Be opened to your story
Be opened, child, be heard

Because when ordinary becomes divine
Miracles come from open minds
Revealing ears and tongues and eyes
We never knew we had

Be opened to the fullness
Be opened to the Word
Be opened to your story
Be opened, child, be heard

To the song within each person
To a faith found deep inside
To a willing, trusting spirit
Be opened, precious child

Be opened to the fullness
Be opened to the Word
Be opened to your story
Be opened, child, be heard

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