Friday, September 24, 2010

Grey Street

At the beginning of each chapter of Introverts in the Church, I include quotations that I consider relevant to the subject matter.  At the beginning of chapter 3 - Finding Healing -  I quote an African proverb: "Let the guest comes so that the host may be healed."  I love that proverb and I think it fits perfectly with my assertion that, even for the most introverted person, healing will come through hospitality, specifically our welcoming of the person of Jesus into our lives and hearts.

However, my original quote was a lengthy one from the song "Grey Street" by Dave Matthews Band. I was unable to obtain permission to reproduce those lyrics in my book (a common thing, I hear) but I can post them on my blog, as long as I say it's copyrighted by Dave Matthews Band and for educational purpose only!  So here are the lyrics that originally prefaced chapter 3, from Grey Street:

Oh look at how she listens
She says nothing of what she thinks
She just goes stumbling through her memories
Staring out on to Grey Street

She thinks, “Hey,
How did I come to this?
I dream myself a thousand times around the world,
But I can’t get out of this place”

There’s an emptiness inside her
And she’d do anything to fill it in
But all the colors mix together - to grey
And it breaks her heart

How she wishes it was different
She prays to God most every night
And though she swears it doesn’t listen
There’s still a hope in her it might

She says, “I pray
But they fall on deaf ears,
Am I supposed to take it on myself?
To get out of this place”

There’s loneliness inside her
And she’d do anything to fill it in