This song is just about the most commonly sung song at our church. It is by Sr Deidre Brown, a Loreto sister, although for years I thought it was by Fr Frank Andersen. As it purports to speak for God it had no chance of getting an NLMB “Yes”, but it appeals to many people. (eg this blog – even though they don’t know who really wrote it, and this one too.) Hear it done simply and sincerely here.
You can buy Paul Gurr’s version on I-Tunes by following this link.
On the other hand for others it is a pelagian heretical monstrosity and they want to rewrite it. I found some very nasty threads that I won’t link to about this song.
Sometimes we need to be confronted with our failings and challenged with our sin. At other times God’s grace needs to be emphasised. Our lives have a lot of gray margins where certainty is a bit useless and being open to God’s love is all that is important. I think that is why this little song from a Loreto Nun means so much to people and why it would scandalise the people of God to have it anathemetised. If you need to, why not sing it now.
Come as you are, that’s how I want you
Come as you are, feel quite at home
Close to my heart, loved and forgiven
Come as you are, why stand alone?
No need to fear, love sets no limits
No need to fear, love never ends
Don’t run away, shamed and disheartened
Rest in my love, trust me again
I came to call sinners, not just the virtuous
I came to bring peace, not to condemn
Each time you fail, to live by my promise
Why do you think, I’d love you the less?
Come as you are, that’s how I love you
Come as you are, trust me again
Nothing can change, the love that I bear you
All will be well, just come as you are.
© Deidre Browne
Published by Spectrum Publications.