Your Full Height (New Song)

Here’s a new song from me. Stayed up till 3 am Saturday finishing it. I like how it came out. A song for our time, for the past few weeks, and for what may well be our “new normal” for a while…


It’s been a crazy few weeks, yes? Inauguration. A President with disapproval ratings in the first eight days. Women’s March. Airport protests. Today, marches with the LGBTQ community. The people are mobilizing like never before…and that’s not an #alternativefact. And this morning, news that the State Department will not enforced the Trump Travel Ban.

Friends, I hope you early lesson you take from this is that standing up and speaking out matters. The title and key line of this song is one I learned from my dear friend, John Thornburg. Some years back, he said it to me after one of my sermons, and I loved it. I’ve used it a lot with folks lately. I think it fits out time.

Our time is a time where we are all called to overcome our fears, and stand up to our full height. NEVER forget the power that the people have.

Share as you wish.


“YOUR FULL HEIGHT”

Stand up to your full height
Shine out with your heart light
Raise your fist, and join the fight.
You’re not alone.
You’re not alone.
You’re not alone.

So your pushing up the covers to the top of your head
And your spending every moment lying here in the bed
Cause the news on the television fills you with dread
Every day.

Well, I know the future seems dark and unclear
But I pray you can listen, I hope you can hear
The way to get your hope again, and conquer your fear
Is to say…

Chorus

Millions of us showing up, we’re out in the streets
We find the intersections where the causes all meet
It’s a power that you just cannot put down with a Tweet
Any more.

The power of the people where we all lend a hand
The outcast and the stranger, every woman and man
All cultures and all races have a place in this land
We adore.

Chorus

words and music, Eric Folkerth.
@2017. All Rights Reserved.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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