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This morning, as I do every morning, I prayed on the way to work.  Praying is a daily thing for me, and one of the only reoccurring religious things I do.

One of my favorite things in the Dresden Files is how Butcher describes the feeling of security that prayer gives the believer.  In one such description, Butcher writes about Michael – a religious friend of Harry’s – who says a prayer before they go into battle in book 3:

“‘Lord,’ Michael said.  ‘We walk into darkness now.  Our enemies will surround us.  Please help to make us strong enough to do what needs to be done.  Amen.’   Just that.  No fancy language, no flashy beseeching the Almighty for aid.  Just quiet words about what he wanted to get done, and a request that God would be on his side-on our side.  Simple words, and yet power surrounded him like a cloud of fine mist, prickling along my arms and my neck.  Faith.  I calmed down a little.  We had a lot going for us.  We could do this.”

Grave Peril, by Jim Butcher

This is exactly what it feels like to me whenever I pray.  It feels like a cloud, a ring, a safety net, has been placed midair around me.  It’s hanging there, doing what I’ve asked it to do.

And then sometimes, that same feeling is achieved not so much through prayer but through another medium.

This morning on the drive to work, I had my phone plugged into the car to listen to my music.  One of my favorite songs from the Cardiology album came on, “Right Where I Belong.”  While GC isn’t classified as a Christian rock band, nor do many of their songs feature religious messages, this song is specifically about the singer’s relationship with God.  It’s a wonderful song and once it came on in the car this morning it was the only thing I listened to.  Just on repeat, over and over.

Here are the lyrics and the song for your enjoyment.  I hope it enhances your Thursday like it has mine.


Right Where I Belong

by Good Charlotte

~

As I leave the empty station,

The first thing I see is the sun over the mountains.

West Hastings Street, anxiously waiting

That’s when I feel that God is all around me.

~

And I don’t know where to begin,

To say I’m sorry for my sins,

So I collapse into your open arms.

~

I’m sorry it took me so long, out here

For me to find my way back home.

I didn’t have a reason for when I stopped believing,

But I needed you to know, that I’m right where I belong.

~

Now I can see everything clearly,

In the rearview, that you were right beside me.

So long ago, my voice of reason

It disappeared, along with my convictions.

~

And now I know where it begins,

Accept forgiveness for my sins

And just collapse into your open arms.

~

I’m sorry it took me so long, out here

For me to find my way back home.

I didn’t have a reason for when I stopped believing,

But I needed you to know that I’m right where I belong.

~

If all we are is where we’ve been,

Then I know where I want to be.

No matter how far I drift again,

You keep on waiting for me

~

Out here, so I can find my way back home.

I didn’t have a reason for when I stopped believing,

But I needed you to know – I’m right where I belong now,

With you, so I’ll stay quiet in your arms.

~

Words don’t have the meaning,

There’s no use in repeating,

But I needed you to know that I’m right where I belong.

~

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