On THIS day I was granted the gift of life, bless the Lord.
In my community we don’t say, “happy birthday” we say, “welcome”. John Coltrane said “Welcome is that feeling you have when you finally do reach an awareness, an understanding which you have entered through struggle. It’s a feeling of peace. A welcome feeling of peace.” This year is the first year that I can truly hear welcome and it feel as if I have arrived. I have gone through great struggle and through it I am reaching awareness and an understanding. I truly feel at peace, “a welcome feeling of peace”.
Welcome me into your mind
Welcome me into you heart
Welcome me into your actions
Bring me into your everyday needs
I will guide and protect you with my unlimited grace
Bountiful are my gifts and treasured untraced
Are you talking to me?
I must be hearing things
Telling me let you in
Shoot I can help myself
Yeah I got to struggle
Yeah my burden is heavy
But I handle it fine
Welcome my love
Welcome my peace
Welcome my gentleness
Allow me to ease your mind
I will grant you awareness and understanding
Be still and know that I am your souls landing
You can offer all that?
Sounds too good to be true
Sign me up but first tell me what I gotta do
This is an everlasting life long commitment?
Always giving glory to you?
Exalting your name in all that I do?
Keep my mind, thoughts and deeds
In conjunction with the creed?
Trusting you will fulfill all my needs?
Having faith when it matters most?
Being filled with the Holy Ghost?
One hundred percent engrossed?
Sounds like a lot of time and energy
But it’s worth it to be relieved from jeopardy
I pledge it all, I take the vow
I give my life from this day on
I welcome your gentleness, peace and love
I welcome you into all that I think of
I welcome you to take control
I welcome you into me complete and whole
My burden is already much lighter
Oh how I thank you my awesome provider