Not feeling like I have to, but because I want to and more than that, that I have the privilege to... I GET to... And I am free to!
That is the feeling that I had when I got married. I didn't feel like I had to say I do, but I really wanted to. And I knew the potential and privilege of it.
I wonder if that's the same thing when we are asked to say "I do" at things like church services, when we sign up to things in life?
Do we see the opportunity and potential excitement, or are we just saying it because we have to?
Because when we say it we open ourselves up to a whole lot more... What more could we get ourselves into?
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...
"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:
Dolly's never really been on my radar. I mean, I know who she is obviously, but I've never paid attention to her music (I know that on the off-chance someone reads this, they might just think that's a sin, but I'm ok with that!).
But doing some research for an assembly on "Faith" I stumbled upon Dolly Parton's collaboration with Galantis:
Lent 2023 Playlist
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I'm working through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!