Life in a song

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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 Lifesong 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.

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