Empty, broken, here I stand (Kyrie Eleison – Lord, have mercy)

Empty, broken, here I stand

the song uses the Greek words Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison (Lord, have mercy; Christ, have
mercy), which are some of the oldest words in Christian liturgy.

the writers Nick and Anita Haigh wrote the song when they were going through a hard time, the words they wrote are set to a robust tune that speaks of determination to follow Christ even when the road is hard.

Empty, broken, here I stand,
kyrie eleison.
Touch me with your healing hand,
kyrie eleison.
Take my arrogance and pride,
kyrie eleison.
Wash me in your mercy’s tide,
kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, kyrie eleison.

When my faith has all but gone,
give me strength to carry on.
When my dreams have turned to dust,
in you, O Lord, I put my trust.

When my heart is cold as ice,
your love speaks of sacrifice.
Love that sets the captives free.
Oh, pour compassion down on me.

You’re the voice that calms my fears,
you’re the laughter, dries my tears.
You’re my music, my refrain –
help me sing your song again.
Humble heart of holiness,
kiss me with your tenderness.
Jesus, faithful friend and true,
all I am I give to you.

Nick and Anita Haigh © 2000 Break of Day Music. CCL licence number 1721.

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