…a worship leader and I did end up discussing something I strongly disagreed with. (It wasn’t about ending sentences with prepositions. I clearly have no problem with that.)
The worship leader I talked to said when he performed “Come Thou Fount,” he changed the lyrics.
I love that hymn.
For years, I listened to the version Jadon Lavik did. My favorite verse, the one I found most encouraging, when things felt the darkest in my spiritual walk, was this one:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
I would like to say that, when I became a Christian, I quit making mistakes. I quit sinning. I quit being “prone to wander,” but the truth is I still fail. More than I’d like to. And the beauty of that song and the honesty of that last verse meant a lot to me.
So what verse was the worship leader changing?
His argument? He wasn’t “prone to wander or prone to leave.”
At this point in the conversation, I realized he was not like me.
Or “That’s not my wife, that’s my sister!” Abraham.
He was changing the lyrics to something like, “Prone to worship, prone to praise.”
And I thought about changing them too. Only mine would probably be, “Prone to bolt out the door like a dog if I see it cracked open for but the briefest of seconds, Prone to need grace one thousand times, for the things I promised myself I’d never do again but still did. ”