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The Reckless Way - Reform Magazine

The Reckless Way

A hymn for ‘Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today’ by Lucy Berry

‘Follow me!’, he says – ‘and be my friend’.
And, ever since, we’ve tried to catch him up;
and, always since, denied him at the end –
through fear of drinking from his cup.
And could I walk that reckless way?

Or even try the paths he trod;
to stride the rocky, risky road 
which leads to trouble – and to God?

‘Follow me!’ he says – and off he darts,
(with us behind him, running out of breath)
down ways where beaten people hold no hope,
planting new life, and putting Death to death.
But can I walk that reckless way?

‘Follow me!’ he says – and off he strides
to where proud power-people plot and hate,
to where slaves, and slave-masters, live in fear;
to where committees of cold tempters wait.
But will I walk that reckless way?

‘Follow me!’ he says – and off he moves,
where difference is loathed and hatred fed,
and poverty gets punished, there he is;
walking his way. And still without a bed.
But shall I walk that reckless way?

‘Follow me!’ you say – and off you float,
still urging us to follow where you’ve gone.
But can we get to where your kingdom comes
while empire in our hearts, reigns on and on?

want to walk your reckless way;
to tread the path you always trod.
Lord, prod me down that risky road 
which leads to trouble – and to God.

For use in churches only, unless by permission. The sheet music written specially for this hymn by John Strange is available to download from


This article was published in the November 2017 edition of  Reform

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