Why me, Lord

Today, on the same song over and over and over, I am obsessed with this Kris Kristofferson song, Why me, Lord. Lyrics below, and give it a listen here. After listening to it about 900 times over the last few days, I decided I needed  to know more about where it came from. Turns out Kris was not  a religious man — was definitely all wrapped up in the drugging / drinking of the 60s —   but ended up at a church service in the early 70s, torn down, exhausted — and found himself weeping, humbled by it, then he wrote this song. Soon after writing in, Kris wound up in a hotel with June and Johnny Cash, played it for them (I think Johnny was having his own Come to Jesus around the same time, too) so there’s also a great Johnny Cash version of it, too, and also a Merle Haggard gem. Listen to them ALL. It’s just. It’s so beautiful. It is the song-version of the very feeling of being humbled, of asking for help. My own faith is still forming, shifting, I’m constantly trying to name it, figure out its role in my life, but it’s songs like these that solidify it for me: my faith is there. It’s in there, somewhere, and it is important. It’s begging me to pay attention to it. It’s finding songs for me.

Why me Lord what have I ever done
To deserve even one of the pleasures I’ve known
Tell me, Lord, what did I ever do
That was worth lovin’ you or the kindness you’ve shownLord help me, Jesus, I’ve wasted it so

Help me Jesus I know what I am
But now that I know that I’ve needed you so
Help me, Jesus, my soul’s in your hand

Try me, Lord, if you think there’s a way
I can try to repay all I’ve taken from you
Maybe Lord I can show someone else
What I’ve been through myself, on my way back to you

Lord help me, Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus I know what I am
But now that I know that I’ve needed you so
Help me, Jesus, my soul’s in your hand

Lord help me, Jesus, I’ve wasted it so
Help me Jesus I know what I am
But now that I know that I’ve needed you so
Help me Jesus my souls in your hand
Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

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