Oh My Lord
words & music ~ Rich Mullins and Mitch McVicker
Copyright © 1999 White Plastic Bag Music
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When I think
that the world would rise to condemn You.
yourself and became just like us.
Oh my Lord,
oh my Lord
Well a man
was made to help carry that weight,
"Sisters, sisters. Don't you weep for me."
stripped off Your clothes.
See a broken
heart - it's what made You die.
gentle hands they took You down
Oh my Lord,
oh my Lord
get done praying, they hear the shriek of Clare's eagle, and the soldiers
who are camped very nearby, they also hear the shriek. But when they hear
it, they think it's a bugle call and that they're under attack, and so
they are trying to get out of their blankets, and they're trying to ...
it's of course night, and it throws the entire soldier camp into this massive
confusion where they're just firing their rifles in every direction, and
when the eagle shrieks, the calf hears it, and also the lion hears it,
and they run over to the soldier's camp, which is now in a state of confusion.
The lion leaps into this corral of horses, and all the horses run away.
Of course, they're terrified of the lion. And so the army has now shot
out all of their ammunition. Their horses are gone so they can't retreat.
And there is a munitions cart, and someone hooks the calf up to the munitions
cart so that they can reload, but the calf takes the munitions further
away instead of bringing it toward them. So the army is entirely defeated
without anybody having to use any kind of violence. And they're defeated
basically by the four creatures, or at least by the first three. What has
happened in the meantime, is because the Navajo people revere the eagle,
when they hear the eagle shriek, they knew that God was gonna do something.
So they surround the army camp, and when light comes up, the army looks
out, and they see that they are completely surrounded by a band of Navajos
who are now well-fed, who now have ammunition, who are fully equipped for
battle, and they assume, "Wow, we're going to be wiped out." And Rhoda,
who is the human of the four creatures, then she talks to the army and
says, "I talked to Jesus last night, and He told me to tell you that He
doesn't like what you're doing, and that you need to back off." And then
she says, "I talked to Jesus last night, and He told me He was concerned
about you, because you don't know how to be happy. And you are violent
against us now, because the war between yourselves has ended. And someday
you'll take that violence across the seas. And that won't make you happy.
And after that, you will do violence to your own children, and that won't
make you happy. You'll never be happy until you learn to love life and
quit being violent. And He told me that you probably would never believe
me." And then she says, "I talked to Jesus last night, and he told me to
ask you if you were hungry, because we have more food than we need to get
us back to Dineh Bekeya, so we will leave you what food we don't need.
And he told me to ask you if you were cold, because we have more blankets
than you have left us people to wrap in them. And we're going to leave
you these blankets. And He told me to tell you that we would provide an
escort to get you back to Fort Sumner, or Bosque Redondo, because you've
made this world a violent world, and He's made you defenseless in it, and
we will protect you to get you back to where you belong. But don't bother
us anymore. And when she says that the band of Navajos leave to go to Dineh
Bekeya. And Rhoda, the beautiful Navajo woman walks back toward the camp
where Buzz and Ivory, and now Clare has joined them, because she came with
her eagle. And they discover that Frank can't be found anywhere, and they're
afraid that he was killed in all the confusion. And they all go out searching
for him, no one can find him. They come back, and as they're talking about
Frank, he comes back. And they sort of sum up his life. They talk about
how he went out to look for Christ, but everywhere he went, he spread Christ.
They talk about how he didn't own a thing, but all the resources of the
world seemed to be at his disposal. They talked about all those things
about Frank, and Frank comes back and joins them. And Clare finally says,
"The only thing that I don't get, the only thing that doesn't really make
sense, is I thought that we were going to meet between the four sacred
mountains." Or, she says, "I thought we were going to meet in Dineh Bekeya."
And Frank says, "Well, in a sense we did. Where is Dineh Bekeya?" And she
said, "Well, Dineh Bekeya is the land of the people. It's the land between
the four sacred mountains." And he says, "Well look around us, and we have
four sacred creatures. We have the eagle, we have the human, we have the
calf, and we have the lion. And those four creatures surround the throne
of God, and they sing 'Holy, holy, holy' and bring worship to Him. And
wherever God is, that is really where the land of the people is. That is
where we really belong. And when we're close to God, we can come close
to one another. And apart from God, we don't have any place; we don't have
any dwelling." And so they all begin to recognize what I think is at the
core of Franciscan spirituality, that our experience as humans is only
as rich as we come close to an experience of God. And this is when Frank
sneaks off again, as is his habit, and he wants to go sing love songs to
God. And "You Are All" is the last song of the thing, and it's sort of
his ... this is based again on another of the prayers of St. Francis. And
it's sort of just a closing worship song that he sings and lifts up to
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