I was reading Nadia Bolz-Weber's article in response to the Asbury Revival, and what she said resonated with me:
"Rather than make big stroke proclamations about what the Asbury Revival is or is not, I’m trying to just pay attention to what longing inside of me is being drawn up in buckets each time I tune in.
I long to sing with others;
I long to be open-hearted;
I long to trust something for once;
I long to be un-self-conscious in my devotion to God;
I long to witness something real."
As I said about "Any Love", I found love. I met God and I cannot shake that.
But there's no doubt in me that it's different now.
I'm not going to throw it away, but equally I can't deny the change.
This will be a two-parter, combined with another song from later on in the same album...
Lament and request.
"Lift Me Up" is an "emotive" R&B ballad
that "speaks from the heart".
To me it sounds and awful lot like a worshipful heart-cry of prayer.
"Are you going to fall?
Is someone supposed to catch you?
Or do you catch yourself?
There will be something worth falling for."
I've had to learn it before, and I'll have to learn it again:
Here's a simple reminder.
... To be not OK...
... To make mistakes...
... To crack under pressure...
... To ask for help...
"It stopped raining in my head today..."
That would be nice...
I often feel like there's an almighty downpour inside my head, as I try and work out the mess of thoughts that spiral around!
Some of those thoughts are trying to unpack faith and theology...
The bass from this one echoed around the church as we prayed. The subwoofer had to be on.
Isaiah 2:2 says:
"In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple
will be established as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it."
Or in other words:
"If you look into the distance, there's a house upon the hill
Guiding like a lighthouse
It's a place where you'll be safe to feel our grace
'Cause we've all made mistakes"
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!