“Chalice” by Phil Keaggy – A song of suffering and restoration

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Live & studio versions and lyrics of “Chalice,” by Phil Keaggy

The way to find our selves is in the fires of our sorrow
Do we look around, expect to see the wind?
Could we prevent the trials that we face with each tomorrow?
Can’t we see this is the world were living in?

When suffering restores us, burns away the empty shallowness
And softening the heart,
To be broken bread and poured out wine.
When it rains it pours, turns a life into a chalice;
There to nourish every soul one at a time.

We do wrong should we refuse to listen to the Master
Who went on before that we walk in His steps?
Before too long we run away…and running even faster,
We fail to see the promise that He kept.

And suffering restores us; burns away the empty shallowness
And softening the heart
To be broken bread and poured out wine…
When it rains it pours; turns a life into a chalice;
There to nourish every soul one at a time.

To love is to be broken, but to love nothing and no one,
We must close our own selves up, shut all the doors
And let no one in.
Locked within ourselves where it’s safe and dark and motionless
Where love will cease to be
And all the while the air is wearing thin
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When suffering restores us, burns away the empty shallowness,
And softening the heart, to be broken bread and poured out wine…
When it rains it pours; turns a life into a chalice
There to nourish every soul…
One at a time.

Phil says the lyrics were inspired by C.S. Lewis and Oswald Chambers. I am sure that part of the Lewis inspiration is what Lewis learned from George Macdonald, who wrote,

“The Son of God suffered unto the death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like His.”

(Quoted on a prefatory page in “The Problem of Pain” by C. S. Lewis.)

Original 2000 studio version (all instruments by Phil Keaggy):

Many thanks to Phil Keaggy, one of my all time favorite guitar players! I have been fortunate enough to have seen him in concert twice and always have trouble getting my jaw off of the floor when I see his ability. Whenever I think of him I think he is a modern troubadour, misplaced in time by 800 years or so. He is a man small of stature, but mighty of spirit. He has been a professional musician and dedicated Christian for over 40 years!

Note: After the youtube video is done the screen will show a bunch of other videos – I strongly recommend you watch “Shades of Green.”

BMC @ Manifest Propensity, 2013

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