I have been enjoying a Michael McLean C.D. we gave ourselves for Christmas. It is actually a book )read by Michael McLean) with songs. McLean is someone with the talent I wish I had. He talks about the ups and downs of his career. However, from my perspective it has mostly been up.
Some of his songs really hit home, and a conversation of those I really like.
“From God’s Arms, to My Arms, to Yours:” This is an adoption song from the perspective of the birth mother. Tony, our adoptive son has really liked this song, as have Sheri and I. It seems for my part, I cry more each time I listen to it. I remember when I first help Baby Tony. He was tiny. They didn’t let him out of the hospital until he reached five pounds. He started at four pounds seven ounces. Sheri had visited him at the hospital, but I did not meet him until Sheri brought him home. I was so proud (yes proud is the right word) of our little baby. I felt he would be my boy forever, even though I knew that wasn’t true at the time. However now it is true; and this song brings up those treasured memories for me.
“The Man of Many Names:” This song I had heard before from “The garden” C.D. I still enjoy it, and I am getting to where I can almost sing along. This song is a testimony of Jesus’ love for us, and the price he pays for us. This song comes with a story of Simon Peter and Jesus walking on water. I really enjoy the insight. Jesus will always save us if we cry out to him, and we should not doubt this.
“The Innkeeper Song” from Forgotten Carols: This is a new song to me. Now I am crazed with the idea of learning to sing it well enough to sing next Christmas, if I can find someone to let me sing. What would the Innkeeper perspective be, and what would he sing now if he could. This song gives a very good answer. “Even a thousand years would not fully erase my shame.” “Let Him in.”
“Which Part is Mine:” This song has quickly become one of my favorites. It starts as a song about roles, and learning our own part; but it ends as a song about prayer, and that is why I enjoy it. It helps me commit to being better at praying, which is something I really need. This song has helped me improve my prayers. “After I've done my best, I know you'll do the rest, Because You hear me.
McLean does very well with hardship, with love, with life in general.