My Song ‘Caught in the river’ is about a prayer I said the night I made a commitment to Christ. Basically I was calling out to him to save me and remake me.
This song was inspired by my experience of homelessness. The song is in two parts really. I wanted to highlight the very thin line between those looking at the homeless, and then seeing the world from the eyes of a homeless person. There are many stereotypes of the homeless when in actual fact it is a community unto itself. The same could be said about those who live the ‘9-5’ lifestyle. I’ve often found, with many of life’s situations, it’s easy to judge something on first appearances without actually knowing anything about it. There can be many contributing factors to homelessness. It’s not just alcoholics and drug addicts that stay in homeless hostels etc. There are those who fall on hard times, those who have health problems, and other people who will be as varied as their circumstance. According to statistics the average household is only two month’s wages away from the prospect of being homeless. In the first quarter of 2011, there were around 60000 homeless households in temporary accommodation in Great Britain (www.poverty.org.uk). It is frightening to think that, while there are streets of empty houses, there are still tens of thousands of homeless households, and this all happening in the year 2011 in the UK!! There’s something wrong with the system me thinks!! In any case, this song is about my experiences having seen homelessness from both sides of the fence. The Bethany Christian Trust is a homeless charity in Edinburgh that do incredible work that get results. They helped me to get back on my feet through the tough times. If you want to know more about Homelessness in Scotland, want to help raise awareness and help support this award winning charity, have a look at their website for more info: http://www.bethanychristiantrust.com/
The following book I have perused through and have found very inspiring and look forward to reading further as time permits.
“For the saints begin and end as ordinary people, eager to know and live for God.” ~ James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs. pg 94.
“Wherever God led them, that is where they wanted to go.” ~ Howell, pg 181.
“saints indeed are ordinary people who are transformed into heroes by what they have been taught, by what they teach.” ~ Howell, pg 94.
It is ultimately about being led by the Holy Spirit who leads and teaches and guides us into the truth we need in the present moment.