Never Beyond Your Reach

16 years ago today, the world said goodbye to Rich Mullins. Rich was tragically killed in an accident while riding to a concert location with his friend and fellow artist Mitch McVicker. Rich is best known for his songs “Awesome God”, “Sometimes By Step”, “Hold Me Jesus” and “That Where I am, there you may also be”. It’s my opinion that he is probably the greatest christian lyricist of the 20th century.

I am what people call a cradle catholic, having been baptized into the church at infancy and raised with the Sacraments of Initiation. In my early 20′s, I experienced a deepening of faith and a baptism in the Holy Spirit that set my life on fire. Music played such a big part in my journey and prayer life that I eventually entered into full time music ministry to share that gift with others. In this journey, the music that Rich Mullins wrote became a catalyst and anthem in my day to day living. I was being drawn to the Lord by singing, praying, and playing his songs. Rich Mullins changed my life.

Rich, thank you for your faithfulness, witness and gift. I have learned so much from you, and been inspired by you. I’m grateful that I’ve grown in faith through the words and stories you shared. How wonderful it is to know that you have seen the face of Jesus!

The lyrics for “Sometimes By Step”

Sometimes the night was beautiful
Sometimes the sky was so far away
Sometimes it seemed to stoop so close
You could touch it but your heart would break
Sometimes the morning came too soon
Sometimes the day could be so hot
There was so much work left to do
But so much You’d already done

CHORUS:
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach…

Has Rich Mullins impacted your faith journey?

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2 thoughts on “Never Beyond Your Reach

  1. Some days it can be tough to push past the internal resistance, and I have to reflect back to the parable of the talents that Jesus shared in Matthew 25. It all comes back to sharing what God has given each of us, because the gifts He has given us are to be used to build up others. Ken, I am so grateful for your friendship and encouragement. You are a great man and servant of God, and He is using you in great ways to build up your family and the community at QofA! Thank you for all that you have poured into me over the years!

  2. Greg, as Rich has said and you Awesome. For that Rich planted a seed in you so have you in many our lives. Thanks for all that you have done to bring Gods music to so many.