With Us, Not for Us

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Words by Daniel Redwood and music by B.J. Leiderman (B.J. Leiderman Music, ASCAP)

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In Woodstock Animal Sanctuary founder Jenny Brown’s powerful book, The Lucky Ones, she explains that animals are “with us, not for us.” They are companions, not commodities. Each is an individual, with his or her own purpose, able to experience love and pain, and worthy of our respect and protection.

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WITH US, NOT FOR US 

 

With us, not for us

To love, not to own

We share this life’s journey

We don’t walk alone

We’re different, yet equal

In God’s eyes, in mine

And the bond forged between us

Endures beyond time


Let me see what you see, let me hear what you hear

Let me love as you love, let me sing without fear

The song of your beauty, the song of your soul

A song of celebration where all are made whole


With us, not for us

On four legs or two

On wings rising skyward

Or fins bathed in blue

Forgive what we’ve done

Guide our hearts to be true

You’re with us, not for us

That’s our promise to you

 

Let me see what you see, let me hear what you hear

Let me love as you love, let me sing without fear

The song of your beauty, the song of your soul

A song of celebration where all are made whole

 

© 2013 words by Daniel Redwood and music by B.J. Leiderman

 Published by B.J. Leiderman Music (ASCAP)