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in     by Deacon Tim Grumbach 01/02/2017

We must be careful when we sing songs like, "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders/Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me..."

God may actually hear such a prayer!

If we sing songs like this, it may just lead us across borders into some of the poorest parts of cities like Tijuana. It may just lead us into jails where we hand three and four peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a time through cell bars into needy, grabbing hands of men who are behind those bars sometimes simply for wandering the streets without identification. It may just lead us to sweeping up the sheared hair of the same homeless men after they've received their first haircut and shower in months. It may just lead us to a drive through the red light district, desperate for a solution to bring these young women off the streets and shake some sense into the people who've trampled love in the muddy streets and left it for dead. It may just lead us looking up to and walking and talking through the streets with a man who has been coming down nearly every week to do this all for nearly twenty years. It may just lead us to falling to our knees before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the afternoon with the Missionary of Charity Sisters who care for these people, knowing that we cannot give what we have not first received. It may just lead us back across that border into a nice, comfy bed, where we sleep as deeply as ever, but to awake with the sinking feeling and certainty that all those we've just tried to show mercy to are still right in the streets and cells and soup kitchens where we left them.

So the song must be sung.

How incredible it is! So incredibly easy to sing these words and be shocked by the ways that God indeed will call us to love. So incredibly easy to sing these words and find how hard it is to show mercy to those who seem the least deserving. So incredibly easy to sing these words and yet be surprised by the love and mercy we are capable of showing.

This year has been a year full of moments when I've sung this song, but have found myself so hesitant to go where God has actually called me. Yet, this has also been the year, above all others, when I've learned that God only calls us out onto waters where we are capable of showing greater and greater love. The waters we will be walking on in this new year will be at times calm, and at times they will be turbulent. Yet they will always be the waters where we can best love as Christ himself loves.