Hold Us Together

30 Aug

It don’t have a job
Don’t pay your bills
Won’t buy you a home
In Beverly Hills

Won’t fix your life
In five easy steps
Ain’t the law of the land
Or the government

But it’s all you need..

Love, will, hold us together
Make us a shelter
to weather the storm

And I’ll, be, my brothers keeper
So the whole world will know
That we’re not alone

The song above is by Matt Maher, who is a Christian musician, writer, and worship leader.  I recently bought his album “Alive Again” and listened to it, and then put it on the shelf again for a while.  I recently was driving to the church for the day and this song came on the radio, and I thought I really should listen to that again.  And for the last week it has played nearly every day in my office.

This song has been incredibly powerful to me here lately, especially in conjunction with so many other things happening here at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.  We have began talking about and instituting “Radical Hospitality” to welcome our neighbors and strangers in our midst.  It is interesting to me the words at the beginning of the song “It don’t have a job, won’t pay your bills, won’t buy you a home, in Beverly Hills.” How often do we focus on the external things, the things that really don’t make a real difference in the world around us.  The label on your shirt, the size of your house, the newness of our car, yet we strive for these things.

I have also been reading “The Irresistible Revolution: living as an ordinary radical” by Shane Claiborne, one of the founders of “The Simple Way” in Philadelphia.  His accounts of traveling to India and working with Mother Teresa were incredibly powerful, as well as convicting for our way of life.  We have all lived for a long time with the idea that more is better, and bigger is better, a king of “who dies with the most toys wins” mentality.  While we strive for all of these things and for more stuff, there are people on our street who do not have enough bread for their children.

We have all been taught the American Dream story from birth, and we know it by heart, and many live it by heart.  What happens when we truly begin to live “love will hold us together” what will that call us to do? Will it truly call us to be “our brother’s keeper”? Will we have to do something dangerous or seemingly strange?  Mother Teresa told people that you do not have to go to Calcutta to help people, she told people to find the Calcutta where we are. Where is the Calcutta where I am? How do I truly live out love, so that it can hold us together and we can all get to a better place?


One response to “Hold Us Together

  1. Gordon Johnston

    August 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Good blogging, Thomas. Everyone who reads this, read 1 Corinthians 13, too, — and Shane Claiborne. His book penetrates all the political subterfuge that’s on the airwaves. He gets down to living the life of Christ.


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