Come Where The Healing Waters Flow

Come Where The Healing Waters Flow October 5, 2019

This song emerged out of the intersection of two of my book projects. I shared it at the end of a service I led and preached in, the sermon text being the story of the Samaritan Woman. I plan to share a video of the sermon followed by the song recorded during the service. But in the meantime, here is a recording of rehearsing the song. The lyrics are included below.

 

Come Where The Healing Waters Flow
Music and Lyrics by James F. McGrath © 2019

VERSE 1
There is a temple
not made with human hands
There is a river
that flows throughout the lands

No need for money
No need for goats or blood
Come to the waters
Wash in the cleansing flood

CHORUS
Come where the healing waters flow
Come wash in them and you can know
Forgiveness, forgiveness
(repeat)

Verse 2
Not on this mountain
nor in Jerusalem
There in God’s Kingdom
there is no us and them

No country borders
Its gates don’t close by night
There all are welcomed
by God’s eternal light

CHORUS
Come where the healing waters flow
Come wash in them and you can know
Forgiveness, forgiveness
(repeat)

Bridge
Come be an offering, royal priesthood
Tabernacle – we begin to see
That as we seek the face of God
The holy place God wants to dwell is you and me

And as we look around us now
And as we lift up holy hands
And as we look around us now
Do we at last begin to see?

And as we look at one another
And we glimpse the face of God
And as we lift up holy hands
At last begin to understand

We are an offering, royal priesthood,
Tabernacle – tell me what you see
Now as we seek the face of God
The holy place God wants to dwell is you and me

Verse 3
There is a city
Adorned with precious stones
They’re just a symbol
God dwells in flesh and bone
Come to the waters
Wash in the cleansing flood
Become God’s temple
A house of flesh and blood

CHORUS
Come where the healing waters flow
Come wash in them and you can know
Forgiveness, forgiveness
(repeat)

Come where the healing waters flow
Come wash in them and you will know
Forgiveness, forgiveness
(repeat)

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  • John MacDonald

    Very moving. The parts about

    No need for money/No country borders

    reminded me a bit of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” though from a religious point of view.

    • John MacDonald

      Imagine there’s no countries/
      Imagine no possessions

      John Lennon, “Imagine”

      • Thanks – I hadn’t thought about the similarity and yet difference between the visions of the two songs!