“Let the water flow, let the light shine
Let the blood go through me like a river winds
Through the valley, through the meadow
Through my spirit and my soul just like a river goes
Through the mountain, under the moonlight
Let the blood go through me till I truly see the light
And let there be mercy Lord,
Oh, let there be mercy Lord.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, forgive us all the things we've done
Leave the writing on the wall, but don't let it fall, don't let it fall
And let there be mercy, mercy, mercy
Let there be mercy, mercy, mercy.”
- From Mercy by Ben Kyle
Ben Kyle’s eponymous record was one of my records of 2012. I use this song, Mercy, regularly during Communion services. As we take the bread and wine I hope the congregation are reflecting on this spiritually beautiful song.
Mercy is such a gently powerful piece of artistic prayer. It washes over your soul, soothing it with a blessing of baptised mercy. We all need this mercy, a mercy that sees God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, bringing with it healing and truth. That line, “Let the blood go through me till I truly see the light,” is a potent as you receive the bread and wine.
This morning we were reflecting on Psalm 133 -
"How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore."
We reflected on sin force being a power that pushes us away from each other and sends even parts of our owns souls sailing out to the periphery. Mercy force unites again, restores and redeems.
As we listened for God’s lead, we were acutely aware that we were in a city where sin force pushes others out and away.
Ben’s line later in the song drenched our thoughts - “Let there be mercy for my words and wars, deeds and deeds I didn't do/Let there be mercy for every soul in this city may the Lord have pity over you.”
Mercy for Belfast. Sing it for us, Belfast boy. And may the song, the Psalm and the communion send us out restored within to be restorers without.
Ben Kyle plays Fitzroy on August 28th... click here for info...