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Thread #156139   Message #3679053
Posted By: Joe Offer
21-Nov-14 - 04:26 PM
Thread Name: Sanctuary (Thompson/Scruggs) - a song puzzle
Subject: ADD: Sanctuary (Thompson/Scruggs)
So, now I'm helping edit the "Faith" Chapter of the upcoming Rise Again Songbook, and I came across a song titled "Sanctuary." All of the recordings I found on Spotify have just the chorus, either in black gospel or country-western gospel style.

I found it in Celebration Hymnal, African American Heritage Hymnal, and Zion Still Sings. Hymnary.org says the song is also in Baptist Hymnal (2008) and several others. If somebody has that Baptist hymnal and can look it up for me, that would be very helpful.

So, here are the lyrics I find in the three hymnals I have:

SANCTUARY
(John Thompson & Randy Scruggs)

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for you

© 1982, Full Armor Music and Whole Armor Music




Now, here are the lyrics that were proposed for the Rise Again Songbook. I have no idea where the verses came from, and they don't seem to me to be the kind of thing Randy Scruggs would write. Can anybody identify the source of these lyrics?

SANCTUARY
(John Thompson & Randy Scruggs)

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure & simple, tried & true
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
Sanctuary for you
C - G -   / F - C G /   1st / F G CF C

Tho' the road's been long & lonely
You've always been there by my side
Thru the troubles & difficulties
Bad times I've been victimized.

You've kept me humble, kept me simple
Tho' the world's full of turmoil
Held me close to your center
As the anger began to boil

Now I'm ready for my mission
Now I have you in my heart
I'm just waiting for my leading
So I'll know what is my part

For in spirit there is nothing
That together we can't do
Just as long as I am always
A sanctuary for You

John Thompson & Randy Scruggs