In these past few weeks, many parishioners including members of the music ministry have reached out to me and told me how much they miss singing especially during the musical portion of the mass. Michael Joncas, the composer of many songs including “I Have Loved You,” “A Voice Cries Out,” “The Love of the Lord,” and of course “On Eagle’s Wing,” to name just a few, has written as a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a new song titled: “Shelter Me.” It was written upon his reflection on Psalm 23. When published late last month, Joncas noted, “I hope that people will be able to sing the song with sincerity as a way of affirming their faith in God in these troubled times.”
The three verses reflect many of the feelings we may be experiencing:
Verse 1: “fill my soul with peace your loving presence brings”
Verse 2: “now I tread a diff’rent way”
And finally Verse 3: “I will look back…trusting that in your mercy you have sheltered me.”
The refrain not only expresses our concerns but then shows the hopefulness that only our faith can provide.
“Shelter Me” refrain:
O shelter me; O shelter me; The way ahead is dark and difficult to see.
O shelter me; O shelter me; All will be well if only you will shelter me.
Because the song is so new, a studio recording is not available; a parish ensemble did record it, so here is that link. I hope you enjoy listening to it.
May God bless us all!