How does grace flow to hurting people? For me, it often flows through the earplugs connected to my iPod. Music, God’s music, is a powerful tonic.
There is one album of music that seems to connect with my soul more than any other, at least it has over the past year. It’s <em>Lifesong</em> by Casting Crowns. It’s simply about the reality of life — the pain — and also the blessing — the gift of God in Christ.
One song hit me especially strongly tonight, “Love Them Like Jesus.” It speaks first of the pain of a broken marriage then of the pain of a couple losing a child. I’ve never walked that first path, but I have walked the second. It was 22 years ago, but it’s still there, part of my life today.
The writer of the lyric, Mark Hall, offers a chorus that speaks to all of us who would speak to others who are hurting.
“Just love them like Jesus, carry them to Him / His yoke is easy, His burden is light / You don’t need the answers to all of life’s questions / just know that He loves them and stay by their side / love them like Jesus.”
Such good words. As we think of sharing the hope of Christ with all in Texas, I think these are good words to direct us.
(Originally published by me on the We Are Texas Baptists blog on this date.)