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Higher Ground (Song for Jason)

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Dale Sechrest
1997
Dale Sechrest

Story

I was watching 'Cool Hand Luke'.

It was the scene where Luke had just received news about his mother's death.

He reached for the nearby banjo and strummed - started singing, 'I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I got my plastic Jesus...'

And it occurred to me in the moment that this songs was probably about the closest thing to a hymn that Luke was familiar with. I don't know why, but that set off a fire in me. I had to start writing.

I wrote, 'sometimes life don't go just the way that you plan it, sometimes life comes down far too hard'.

The entire song was written within a few minutes and I knew as I was writing it that it should be for my eldest son, Jason. 

Lyrics

Higher Ground
Music and words © 1997 Dale Sechrest


Sometimes life don't go just the way that you plan it
sometimes life comes down far too hard
But don't let it get you down child 'cause it goes 'round in a circle
Things always get better you can take that much to heart

Seems that one day you're on the mountain top
the next you're in the valley
sometimes you just don't know which way to go
But you can learn from these times child just take it as it comes
look it in the face now and don't let it make you run.

Chorus
Do not close your eyes to the pain that's all around you
Do not close your eyes to the silence of the night
Let it lead you out
Let it be there to remind you
That some day you'll be sat on higher ground

Sometimes life don't go just the way that you plan it
sometimes life comes down far too hard
But you can learn from these times child just take it as it comes
look it in the face now and don't let it make you run.

Chorus
Do not close your eyes to the pain that's all around you
Do not close your eyes to the silence of the night
Let it lead you out
Let it be there to remind you
That some day you'll be sat on higher ground


There's a better day a'comin'
everything's gonna turn around
and the sun's gonna be shinin' on your back
But it never lasts forever so just take it as you can
And take a little bit of that high-rise when the alley comes around again

Chorus
Do not close your eyes to the pain that's all around you
Do not close your eyes to the silence of the night
Let it lead you out
Let it be there to remind you
That some day you'll be sat on higher ground

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What's Happening?
I am blessed to be leading worship in so many various Churches, of various denominations. I also serve as 'Guest Worship Leader', when a church is in need.
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Sunday mornings:
Hope Moravian Church
Main Street - 10am
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Every 2nd Sunday
The Cross of Hope,
Sunday Evenings
Hope Town Square - 6pm
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Every 4th and 5th Sunday of the month
Hope United Methodist Church
432 Washington Street, Hope, in.
10:30 am
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Wed. Evenings, Messianic Worship for Torah Class - St. Peter's Lutheran Church. 6pm
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First 2 Friday's of each month
Celebrate Recovery
St. Peter's, 5th Street,
Columbus, In. 6pm
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Community Good Friday Service
Commons Mall, 
March 30th
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Messianic Passover Seder
Hilton Garden, Edinburgh
March 31st
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The Shelter
Scipio, In.
May 10th - 6pm
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Celebrate Recovery's
KIBOSH BASH
Music Fest 11 - 6
June 16th
5th and Chestnut
Columbus, In. 
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Aug. 5th
Night of worship
St. Louis Crossing
Free Methodist
5-7pm
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Aug. 19th
Guest Worship Leader
St. Louis Crossing
Free Methodist Church
10:30 am.
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Sept. 9th
Rosh HaShanah Celebration
6pm
North Vernon, In.
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Sept. 22nd
Tom Pickett's
Donner Park Variety Show
7pm
Columbus, In. 
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Sept. 23rd
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
Columbus, In.
10:30 am
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Oct. 14th
Willow Leaves of Hope
with The Cross Band
6pm
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Oct. 27th
Men's Retreat
St. Louis Crossing
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Oct. 30th
Evening of Praise and Prayer
7pm
Hope Moravian Church
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Nov. 1st
St. Louis Crossing
7pm
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Dec. 25th
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