Something Inside

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Food bank choir 28.05.16There is very little in this blog piece I can take credit for, and yet so much to celebrate. Sometime ago, last year in fact at the Venture FX / Break Out gathering, my friend Lucy (a trainee Anglican priest) and myself reflected on our work in Sheffield and thought in particular about a drumming project we’d undertaken together in Parson Cross and the food bank work done there. In a mad moment we thought “I wonder ….if we could get a food bank choir to happen one day?”

Lucy picked up and ran her musical giftings all over the dream, she made contact with a number of food banks and other emergency food projects in Sheffield, including once again our own in Parson Cross. With months of prayer, rehearsals, nurturing and encouragement a choir was crafted from small groups from the various projects. Yesterday was the fulfillment of that dream, for the first time the full choir came together to perform songs as part of the annual Sheffield Food Festival. Their singing was a joy, and inspiration and a true message of hope.

After the event, one of the choir members wrote: “There are times when the food bank feels like wading through treacle. Today I feel like a bird set free.”

 

Here are the words of just one of the songs the choir sang (Something Inside):

The higher you build your barriers the taller I become
The farther you take my rights away the faster I will run
You can deny me, you can decide to turn your face away
No matter ’cause there’s

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh, no, something inside so stro.o.ong
there’s something inside so strong

The more you refuse to hear my voice the louder I will sing
You hide behind walls of Jericho, your lies will come tumbling
Deny my place in time, you squander wealth that’s mine
My light will shine so brightly, it will blind you ’cause there’s

Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
But you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh, no, something inside so strong
theres something inside so strong

(chorus with a bit more umph)
Something inside so strong
And I know that I can make it
But you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh, no, something inside so strong
theres something inside so strong

Brothers and sisters
When they insist we’re just not good enough
When we know better
Just look ’em in the eyes and say

I’m gonna do it anyway
I’m gonna do it anyway
I’m gonna do it anyway
I’m gonna do it anyway

Because there’s something inside so strong
And I know that I can make it
But you’re doing me so wrong
Oh, no, something inside so strong
there’s something inside so strong

 

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