Only a Shadow

Man making shadow with his fingers in front of the sum -  1  The love, I have for You, my Lord, is only a shadow of Your love for me; Only a shadow of Your love for me, Your deep, abiding love. 2  My own belief in You, my Lord, Is only a shadow of Your faith in me; Only a shadow of Your faith in me, Your deep and lasting faith.  Chorus:  My life is in Your hands, My life is in Your hands. My love for You will grow, my God; Your light in me will shine. 3 The dream I have today, my Lord, Is only a shadow of Your dreams for me, Only a shadow of all that will be, If I but follow You.  4 The joy I feel today, my Lord, Is only a shadow of Your joys for me, Only a shadow of Your joys for me, When we meet face to face.
This hymn about God's love was written by American singer-songwriter, theologian and at-the-time Roman Catholic priest Carey Landry (b 1944).

First published in 1971, it was included on volume 1 of Landry's Hi God! collection which was released in 1973 (ref), even though it is not a children's song.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Landry. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of C, the first few notes are C EE FE G FE, and the chord-patter for the verse is C / G / C / G / F / C.

The original recording included a verse about Eucharist, and was written a plural voice (the love we have ...).    Later publications omit this verse, and switch to a singular phrasing - although the plural approach is still popular with people who use the song at weddings.



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Small group, recorded in church, guitar accompaniment:



Solo singer, guitar accompaniment:



Duet with keyboard:



Original recording - guitar accompaniment:



Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  The love, I have for You, my Lord ...

Original 2nd verse - now omitted in most publications:
The bread we take and eat O Lord,
Is Your body broken and shared with us,
Your body broken and shared with us,
The gift of Your great love.

2  My own belief in You, my Lord ... 
Chorus (sung after every 2nd verse)
My life is in Your hands,
My life is in Your hands.
My love for You will grow, my God;
Your light in me will shine.

3  The dream I have today, my Lord ...

4  The joy I feel today, my Lord ...

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