Thursday, April 14, 2011

Song of Shared Sorrow

Music reaches into the depth of our souls sometimes. Be it for joy or sorrow, memory or loss, healing or hurting. The ministry of music touches every life in some way, great or small. This has been incredibly true for us.
It's so confusing to look around at the suffering present in the world. We live in a broken place where we see and experience suffering, or maybe we choose to turn away and ignore the pain of others rather than doing the work of wrestling with how a just God allows such things. Innumerable people are hopeless,hungry, homeless, broken, hateful, empty. God knows the hurt, even more deeply than any of us, as He is intimately present with each and every life He has created. And He doesn't rejoice in death, rather He weeps at the suffering of His children. Don't forget that. You are not alone, nor misunderstood.

18 Bullet Holes 

18 bullet holes in the body of a priest 
They say he was eating a hot dog when the ammunition was released. 
They say he was always fat and lazy but he was an awfully nice guy. 
That's just one more death to show you you never know when you're gonna die. 
You might be facing the beast 

Sometimes, God, I feel like I'm living in a bone grinding mill 
And every time I hear the sound I can barely stand still 
It's a thing I can't quite make out sometimes but it seems to keep getting louder- 
One more body from the valley of the dry bones getting ground up into powder 
Against Your holy will 

Oh, God, it hurts so bad to love anybody down here 
Why don't You come and help me out? 
Cause I can't even see clear 

The funny thing about the way a girl gets destroyed 
About the way that deal goes down 
Is that everybody pretty much sees it coming at the sister 
From all the way across town 
And she isn't always blinded, she isn't always far astray 
She just might not be thinking, she might be having a bad day 
But when you choose, you choose, and when you drown, you drown 

Last night I dreamed that You swallowed me into Yourself 

And I was floating on the sea inside 
When I landed on the shore, I saw all these people that I thought had died 
I hadn't seen some of them for ages 
They had left without a single word 
And when I said something to them, not a single one of them had heard 

They were all looking right through everything like it wasn't even there
Some were full of anger, some full of fear 
And then I recognized that something very sad 
But very beautiful was happening right here 
They were all caught outside standing alone in a very heavy rain 
And when a raindrop landed on my tongue 
I didn't need You to explain 
That these were Your tears 

Oh, God, it hurts so bad to love anybody down here 
Oh, that's right, You know so well 
One thorny crown, three nails, and a spear 
One thorny crown, three nails, and a spear 

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