With a little time on my hands, I’ve been listening to some of my old vinyl and came across a long forgotten 1986 album When I Consider by American Christian singer/songwriter Chuck Butler.

Chuck was/is a Pastor at Calvary Chapel in California and was a member of the band Parable.  By some twist of God’s providence, Chuck was seconded to the church I attended in Silksworth, Sunderland, called Calvary Fellowship, in the early 1980’s, and so finding this album was a real trip down memory lane for me.

My favourite track on that album is Diamond Song.

We’re just like diamonds, in the rough
But he fashions us so fair

We’re just like children, tossed by the wind
But he makes a shelter there

Stay in His keeping, yield to His mighty hand
Let the potter turn the wheel
He’s never sleeping, faithfully He designs
Though we may not always feel

In times of need and when we fail Him
I know that he will understand
If all the world were gone tomorrow
We’d still be in his hands

It’s more than dreams and visions
We have made our decision
And he follows where we leads
Our prayer is simply spoken
Let all the hearts be broken
And the Blinded hearts to see