On having his song “Here by the Water” accepted into the hymnal Voices Together, Jim Croegaert posted a video of this song with an introduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S7FUKFMFbI
Two things he mentions in his story behind the song. One. The song alludes to a very dark night in his life when he was struggling, and he walked through a field to a place by the water ... and placed his life in God’s hands.
Two. He takes note of the times when, in the Old Testament, there would be a crossing of a river or some significant journey. And the Israelites would mark that place by building an altar out of the stones around there.
For Jim this is a metaphor for song-writing. Working with what he has. Putting things together. And putting them before God. Knowing God can make them holy.
Jan Steven is the Pastoral Care Chaplain at Grace Mennonite Church. She is also the webservant.