Nell Goddard

musings of a clergy child

06 Oct
2016

Lay it down

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear


Come closer in your weakness
draw nearer in my strength
For it is here that you find peace
in my presence there is rest

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear


Lift your tear-filled eyes
find mine which speak of love
No judgement, no fear
only warmth within my touch

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear


You will find me in the stillness
as you surrender all
Sit quietly at my feet again
for I won't let you fall

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear


Stop trying to rescue
when all you need is love
Cease your endless striving
 know life can be tough

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear


There is beauty in submission
and freedom in surrender
There is gentleness in waiting
and joy in plodding on

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear

I know that there is fear
you're unsure of what comes next
But I am truly faithful
and know what path is best

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear

There is no condemnation
you are free by the blood I shed
No longer need you believe
the lies inside your head

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear

For I have redeemed you
I have called you by name
Made you my own
you are mine

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear

Every last bit of you
I have claimed as my own
For I am Lord of all
there is nothing I can't bear

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear

Replace your burden
with my love
and learn to dance
in the light of my grace

Lay it down, my child
it was never yours to carry
Set it down, my love
it isn't yours to bear.

 

Nell Goddard
ME

Hi, I’m Nell. Alianore, if we’re being overly formal (that’s pronounced ‘Eleanor’, by the way). I’m a blogger, author, speaker, and occasional over-thinker. An introvert who likes to talk. A theologian, on a good day. A Christian, a storyteller, and a friend.