Behind the Music: I Need Your Love

In the summer of 2002 (I think…), I was part of a college group called CrossWise. We were a band, and we traveled to various churches and church camps in the Midwest and did concerts, led worship, etc. Our first gig was leading worship at a camp in North Dakota.

As with most church camps, there is a night toward the end that involves a campfire and lots of sharing by students. Many times these events lead to the sound of crickets chirping, but not this one. Somewhere along the way, kids started sharing, and I mean really sharing. They stripped away all the fake exterior and started talking about the real demons they struggled with. We’re talking substance abuse, addictions, self-mutilation… It was shocking. What came from that campfire session was the realization that we are broken people – every one of us. We are broken, and only God can fix us. Another thing those kids realized is that they needed each other. They needed to encourage each other. They needed to keep each other accountable.

If we try and face our demons alone, they will destroy us. Period.

I was pretty moved by this whole thing. I hung out at the campfire after most people left and wrote out a prayer for those kids. The prayer became a song, and it goes like this:

Fill me when I’m lonely
Fill me this I pray
Fill me when I’m lonely
Fill me today

I need your love
And I need your presence
I need you here to carry me through
I need your love
And I need your presence
It’s all I want todo

Hear me when I’m crying
Hear me this I pray
Hear me when I’m crying
Hear me today

Draw me closer to you
Draw me closer to you
Draw me closer to you
It’s all I want to do

Listen/watch the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BZXkWzoa4s

  • David Alcala

    Brian, this is a really beautiful, sad and wonderful song. Can I get the chord sheet to this. Also, since you designed your new website I can’t find where to donate to your Coffee addiction. If we mailed a starbucks card to your church would you get it. In Christ, David Alcala