SIMPLY TO BE (words by Shirley Erena Murray)                    

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Verse 1 sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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Lyrics

Simply to be, to be in stillness,
simply to trust that God is here,
simply to know the Holy Presence,
is to be blessed:
so am I blessed,

simply to hold the given moment,
simply to lay concern aside,
simply to let the heart be speaking,
is to be blessed:
so am I blessed,

so am I blessed within God’s keeping,
so am I freed from pointless stress,
steadied to feel the soul replenished,
given this grace,
folded in peace.

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, page 156): “A meditative piece written to help focus, and to slow myself down.”

Ron: “I named this tune “LAURIE” in honour of one of my friends, Rev. Bill Laurie, whose focus in ministry is meditation and contemplative prayer.

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