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Upbeat music for Lent?

When it comes to Lenten music it seems like the appropriate songs should be somber and quiet but the following one from Casting Crowns touches my soul during this time of year.

It evokes the change in perspective that should come with the start of Lent. Ash Wednesday’s “remember that you are dust” message speaks to the brevity and impermanence of life, and the weight one's relationship with God carries in comparison. “Who Am I” balances those concepts so perfectly:

"I am a flower quickly fading / here today and gone tomorrow / a wave tossed in the ocean / a vapor in the wind. / Still, You hear me when I'm calling / You catch me when I'm falling / and You told me who I am. / I am Yours."

That "still" is so poignant, offering the listener the dual comfort of knowing the difficulties of one's life are fleeting, and that despite our smallness—our dustiness, if you will—God still cares.

"Who Am I"

Verse 1
Who am I that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt
Who am I that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wand'ring heart


Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are


I am a flower quickly fading
Here today and gone tomorrow
A wave tossed in the ocean
A vapor in the wind
Still You hear me when I'm calling
Lord You catch me when I'm falling
And You've told me who I am
I am Yours


Verse 2
Who am I that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again
Who am I that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me


CCLI Song # 4196651  Mark Hall  © 2003 My Refuge Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)  Be Essential Songs (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC)
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