I don’t know who wrote this. I first heard it on my sister’s tape, Dreamer: What Really Happened to Joseph
The sentiments of each line are not equally true for me each time I sing it (I’ve taken to skipping the “trying by myself” line, since I try hard not to), but over-all the lyrics and the tone (and my long association with it) make it a good piece for the middle of the night.
And for those times of a baby’s inconsolable tears.
Everything I Need
Lord I need you to be all the gentleness in me.
I’ve been trying by myself, struggling all alone.
From the very start I knew that I must depend on you.
Here I am, “depending on,” the rest is up to you.
You’re everything I need for You to be.
You’re everything that shines inside of me.
*And I will have the strength to do
All you ask of me.*
I will always let you be
Everything I need for you to be.