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 is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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