A Sunday Song – Elijah

Elijah

The Jordan is waiting for me to cross through
My heart is aging I can tell
So Lord, I’m begging for one last favor from You
Here’s my heart take it where You will

This life has shown me how we’re mended and how we’re torn
How it’s okay to be lonely as long as you’re free
Sometimes my ground was stoney
And sometimes covered up with thorns
And only You could make it what it had to be
And now that it’s done
Well if they dressed me like a pauper
Or if they dined me like a prince
If they lay me with my fathers
Or if my ashes scatter on the wind
I don’t care

But when I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
It’ll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won’t break my heart to say goodbye

There’s people been friendly, but they’d never be your friends                                                                          Sometimes this has bent me to the ground                       Now that this is all ending
I want to hear some music once again
‘Cause it’s the finest thing that I have ever found

But the Jordan is waiting
Though I ain’t never seen the other side
Still they say you can’t take in the things you have here
So on the road to salvation
I stick out my thumb and He gives me a ride
And His music is already falling on my ears

There’s people been talking                                                                                    They say they’re worried about my soul                                                                                        Well, I’m here to tell you I’ll keep rocking
‘Til I’m sure it’s my time to roll
And when I do

When I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
It’ll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won’t break my heart to say goodbye

‘Cause when I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
It’ll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won’t break my heart to say goodbye

~Rich Mullins

On September 19, 1997, Rich Mullins and his friend Mitch McVicker were traveling to a benefit concert at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, when his Jeep flipped over. They were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. When a passing semi swerved to avoid the Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the way, was hit by the truck and died instantly. McVicker was badly injured but survived.

The following is taken from an interview of Rich Mullins by Brian Quincy Newcomb of CCM Magazine in June of 1992.

Rich: My favorite song that I’ve ever written is “Elijah.” It was like another breakthrough… I wrote it around the time when John Lennon was shot. He was a big hero of mine, and my great-grandma died about the same time. I began thinking about the influence both of those people had on my life, and they were dead. These two people would never know the impact they had on me; John Lennon, I’m sure, wouldn’t care to know, but my great-grandma, I never got to tell her. But then I realized I don’t have to tell her. She didn’t do what she did to have some kind of an impact on me, she did what she did because that’s who she was.

And I’m going to be dead someday too. That’s the first song where I forced myself to dig under a lot of the cliches of the Christian faith. I wrote a song that said, “You know, someday I’m going to die, and I wanna die good.” Prior to that I would have tended to write, “Someday I’m going to die and I will be resurrected,” which I also believe.

Author: Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

3 thoughts on “A Sunday Song – Elijah”

  1. I never remember hearing the details of Rich Mullins death. Very interesting and I love his words about his great-grandma. What a testimony! Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Debby – You have internet! 😀
      Rich had such an interesting connection to Brennan Manning – even named his band after The Ragamuffin Gospel. I was actually going to post a different Rich Mullins song, but thought this one was a better introduction to him in case he was new to some folks.
      Safe travels,
      Debbie

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