taking the words of Jesus seriously

”Honestly and painfully I admit, I’ve been asleep at the proverbial wheel of the fight for justice in the U.S., particularly for PoC. I’m living in the predominantly white south, far removed from the culture that raised me. With an invigorated sense of identity and purpose, I have written a series of transparent assessments of recent events and my emotional response to them. ‘Waking Up’ describes the process of being asleep, waking up, and finding meaning.” (Bobby Alexandre)

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Written by Bobby Alexandre (ASCAP), Ryan James Carr (ASCAP)
© 2020 Common Hymnal Publishing (ASCAP), Out Word (ASCAP), Ryan James Carr (ASCAP) (admin by CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

Fruitless sleep
Wake-less ignorance
Like running from time
Or digging the sky

Emotionless. Motionless.
Resting blissfully. Awoken Bitterly.
To realize we have experienced ears
And virgin hearts

To never feel like this before.

To be re-booted:
The zest of being refreshed
and fitted with new shoes.
To sleepwalk for so long
and stumble through the night—
how humbling the light

I turn my face with hand upraised
overwhelmed by the rays of truth
That illuminate injustice
Squinting my eyes
Then when forcing them open
I’m incensed
My fist now clenched
Hangs in the air
As a beacon for those that follow
Lady liberty, no torch
We suffer violence
And the violent take it by force

About The Author


Common Hymnal has been working these past few years to create something special. As today’s generation engages less and less in the ‘overground’ church, we have been investing in the spiritual underground, building out a virtual library to facilitate a vibrant and ongoing exchange of songs, stories and ideas between the various communities in this space. We have treasure-hunted the uttermost extremities of the faith to stock this library with quality content, steering clear of cliches and spiritual fads in an effort to contribute meaningfully to a culture that values thoughtfulness and honesty. A growing realization: you get a much better view of the the future when you spend time at the margins. A growing hope: the transformation that happens when God’s people grab a hold of the future and drag it into the present. In the underground, praise and protest are inextricably intertwined. Spirituality is not escapist or dualist: it is real, integrated, and has a social conscience. Spiritual colonization is taboo. Likewise with this hymnal. We would like to see the seamless worship set replaced by a more democratized ritual that includes more art forms, a broader range of subject matter and a gutsy honesty. A kind way of saying: 'No more cliches! No more karaoke!' We are purposefully not pursuing a footprint in the current CCM/worship sub-culture, but are working, slowly and carefully, to coalesce a new demographic, serious Christ followers who find themselves on the outskirts as a result of not fully connecting with mainstream Christian culture. Therefore, we have been building out a Discord community (as part of our Patreon) to kill several birds with one stone: coalesce the uncoalesced into a new ecosystem; provide opportunity for underground creatives to meet, learn and collaborate; give underground activists backstage access to our content creation and internal communications; and realize some financial support.

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