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A Song of Innocence

Posted: Monday, February 6

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Exodus 23:14-25:40
Matthew 24:29-51
Psalm 30:1-12
Proverbs 7:24-27

Verse of the day:

Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path. (Proverbs 7:25 NLT)

 


Eight years ago, Mandy and I drove from Tulsa to Dayton while she was six months pregnant. It was our first child, and we were rushing to be prepared. We needed to prep the nursery. We needed to visit her grandparents in Dayton, and I needed to finish recording an acoustic album with my good friend, Ben. 

 

 

For the final song on the album, Ben had crafted a beautiful arpeggiated chord progression on the acoustic guitar. I was assigned to write the melody and lyrics. As we drove that day, I began to think about the innocent heart of our unborn child—like a blank piece of paper.

 

 

We live in a society that mocks innocence. Sheltering ourselves or our children is viewed as an act of fear. Proverbs teaches us to run from temptation and shield ourselves from evil. Remember, the tree of knowledge of good and evil was not a gift; it was a curse. 

 

I wanted to share these lyrics with you today. Past mistakes can be forgiven. Today is a new day. Guard your innocence.

 

A Song of Innocence…

 

Blank piece of paper

How this world haunts you

Trying to tell you 

Of things you don’t know

 

But kingdoms and nations have bartered

And used every measure for an ounce of your treasure

And rich man and poor men have given

Their every last dollar just have what you offer

 

Blank piece of paper

How this heart warns you

See past the mirror

And know the gift you have

 

For prisoners and preachers have traded

The worlds that lived in for what you’ve been given

And ancients and moderns have argued

If through careful planning we could be where you’re standing

 

Spare no expense

To guard your innocence