when i leave i wanna go out like elijah

Rich Mullins has been gone ten years today. Forget the overplayed “Awesome God” chorus: this guy’s music is really, really good. I’ve been listening to his songs lately, and I just love the piano, the dulcimer and the way he put his lyrics together. Beyond the music, he was a guy who lived outside of the Christian music establishment – always serving the poor, always giving of himself and his money, always focused heavenward. His music never gets old to me (except for said chorus), and his humble life is one to admire, always pointing to Jesus. In honor of Rich today, here’s his lyrics to one of my favorite songs. Makes my heart soar every time I hear it…especially on this rainy day on the plains.

Calling Out Your Name

Well the moon moved past Nebraska
And spilled laughter on them cold Dakota Hills
And angels danced on Jacob’s stairs
Yeah they danced on Jacob’s stairs
There is this silence in the Badlands
And over Kansas the whole universe was stilled
By the whisper of a prayer
The whisper of a prayer

And the single hawk bursts into flight
And in the east the whole horizon is in flames
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

I can feel the earth tremble
Beneath the rumbling of the buffalo hooves
And the fury in the pheasant’s wings
And there’s fury in a pheasant’s wings
It tells me the Lord is in His temple
And there is still a faith that can make the mountains move
And a love that can make the heavens ring
And I’ve seen love make heaven ring

Where the sacred rivers meet
Beneath the shadow of the Keeper of the plains
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

From the place where morning gathers
You can look sometimes forever ’til you see
What time may never know
What time may never know
How the Lord takes by its corners this old world
And shakes us forward and shakes us free
To run wild with the hope
To run wild with the hope

The hope that this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain
And I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

And I know this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And with the prairies I am calling out Your name

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About lindsay

just a girl, creator, reader, learner, homeschooler. wife to one and mother to two others. in the city and loving it. in pursuit of God and community.
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2 Responses to when i leave i wanna go out like elijah

  1. Anna says:

    Yes. I’d take a Rich Mullins prize package any day. I love his music.

  2. cheryl says:

    10 years?!?! I can’t believe it. I remember that morning I found out the news so well.

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