PEOPLE NEED THE LORD                                                           written in 1983

The Story

When you think of contemporary Christian songwriters, you might think of Nashville, Tennessee… or southern California. You probably would think of dozens – maybe hundreds – of places before you would think of North or South Dakota. But, Greg Nelson (1948 – ), from South Dakota, got together with Phil McHugh (1951 – ), another Midwest boy, in Nashville, Tennessee. Together they have written hundreds of songs.

One day, after trying to come up with a new song with little success, they went to eat lunch at a nearby restaurant. The waitress was pleasant enough, but she seemed sad and lonely. They commented to each other about it and began looking around the restaurant… noticing how many others also seemed to be empty, even fearful.

They finished their meal, and, as they went out to their car, they said, “You know, people need the Lord”. They agreed that a song had to be written around those words. That afternoon, they wrote this song.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – allow these words to convict your heart, and drive you to share Jesus with others.

Everyday they pass me by.  I can see it in their eye;
empty people filled with care… headed who knows where.
On they go through private pain, living fear to fear;
laughter hides the silent cries only Jesus hears.

People need the Lord.  People need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord.  People need the Lord.
When will we realize people need the Lord?

We are called to take His light to a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost for sharing life with one who’s lost?
Through His love our hearts can feel all the grief they bear;
they must hear the words of life only we can share. (Chorus)


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