Return To Me: A Song About Our Walk With God

I’ve completed the basic arrangement of a new song: Return To Me. The song takes the perspective of God singing to us, his children, throughout our journey with him. The song ends with us singing a chorus of “Hallelujah’s” to him, our God. You’ll have to use your imagination for now, as the melody is voiced with cello until I can complete a vocal version, which will hopefully include SATB parts for the chorus, too.

The song describes our need for God, our journey with God, and the love to which God has called us for all eternity. The lyrics and corresponding scriptural references are posted below the video.

My parents, Richard and Marjorie Richardson, inspired much of the work on the song, as did the precious example set by Laney and her family over the past few months. Davin Granroth and Rodney Page took the time to provide encouraging feedback on the work.

Return To Me (Instrumental)

Return To Me (Lyrics)

“Return to me for I still love you.”
Joel 2:13
Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.

“Return to me for I’ve redeemed you.”
Isaiah 44:22
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.

“I so loved you, I laid my life down.”
1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

“Come back home my wayward child.”
Jeremiah 3:14 & 3:22 (NLT AND NET bible) on wayward children.

“Walk with me and you will find rest.”
Jeremiah 6:16
Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.

“Walk with me and you will know hope.”
Ephesians 1:15 – 21
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[f] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

“I so loved you, I laid my life down.”
1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

“Come on home my little child.”
Matthew 19:14
…but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

“I take great delight in you. Let me quiet you within my love.”
Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness [other translations read “take delight in you”]; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

“Come home with me. Your place is prepared.”
John 14:2-3
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

“Come home with me and worship The King”
Revelation 19

“I so loved you, I laid my life down.”
1 John 3:16
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

“Welcome home my precious child.”
Matthew 19:14
…but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

“Nothing in all creation can separate you from my love.”
Romans 8:38-39
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Hallelu! Hallelujah!”
Revelation 19

5 thoughts on “Return To Me: A Song About Our Walk With God”

    1. I started on guitar, but I kept hearing a simple arrangement involving piano, so I eventually relented and completed the song on piano and in Notion (both on the iPad and on the Mac.)

      Starting some vocal exercises to see what I can do about the vocals 🙂 Do you sometimes record vocals on-site for the acoustics (e.g., taking your laptop out to a quiet church to get the natural reverb?)

  1. While I often compose on acoustic in a variety of area chapels and churches, I haven’t tried to record there. Actually I have some pretty good plug-ins for reverb that I utilize within Garage Band to add some nice reverb to a mic’d acoustic.

    My issue is that I LOVE cathedral reverb and I know I’m always adding too much, haha!

    I’d like to hear a guitar doing the arpeggiation in your new tune…

    speaking of recording: here’s a new demo “from the basement”

    http://www.soundcloud.com/theandric/fields-of-gold-tori-harris

    1. Long live cathedral reverb 🙂

      In terms of the guitar on arpeggiation, I played around with it, but there are a few reasons I changed to piano.

      The voicing is theologically symbolic. The song opens with and closes with one accompaniment part (piano), symbolizing the fact our God is one. As the song progresses, it becomes three parts, symbolizing the Father (piano), Holy Spirit (bass), and Son (horn.) The piano, bass, and horn seemed to be the combination that captured the complimentary nature and uniqueness of each of the Trinity.

      The voicing is also therapeutic for me personally. The three losses that all occurred within one year were my mom, grandma, and father. My mom was a piano teacher, my grandma was the choir director and organist for our church, and my father taught himself piano. As I progressed in the writing, this played a big role in me “hearing” the piano.

      So, my hope is for this arrangement to be the “original” arrangement. However, once this arrangement is recorded, I could see myself playing around with other arrangements. If I were to play it live and choose one instrument for accompaniment, guitar would probably be my choice.

      I really like the demo / cover. Is this more work towards the next theandric album?

  2. I look forward to hearing the final version with vocals! Using your gifts to honor your loved ones as well as the Lord is praiseworthy…

    I’m not quite sure about the direction of the next Theandric release…we will see what the Lord reveals in time…

    in the meantime I am enjoying working out acoustic arrangements of others’ material…

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