This past Sunday at church, the offertory song was “Hosanna.” It’s one I love and have quite a few memories singing it, from high school Disciple Now weekends to present day.
Check out these lyrics from the bridge:
This song just gets me going in a literal *inserts praise hands* kind of way; for to me, it’s simply the truth of how we should be praying and living each day. Do I do it? Not always. Is there grace that abounds? Absolutely!
I feel the lyrics above really organize most of my recent thoughts; so below, I've gone line by line and added corresponding commentary.
HEAL MY HEART AND MAKE IT CLEAN //
Simply put: my heart’s been hurting, but I’m guessing you already knew. That said, it can be easy to run to this, that, or the other to make it stop. I won’t say that I have done that fully, but I also won’t say that I haven’t.
Thankfully, I’ve had such a rich community rally around me during this past year of change. They’ve stepped up to, as it says in Galatians 6, “carry [my] burden.” However, I then have to check myself asking, “Am I, as Galatians 6 continues, ‘carrying my own load?’”
Why do I ask that? Because, and this may need more explanation than this post can offer, the only way to a healed, clean heart is to “remain in Jesus.” While my friends can pray and care for me, they cannot remain in Jesus for me.
OPEN UP MY EYES TO THE THINGS UNSEEN //
While this past year has definitely taught me the importance of properly grieving, I feel like any more of it will only cause new, “sad” emotions and/or poor habits to form.
Simply put: it seems possible to hang onto a grieving season like this for too long, blinding me of things happening right in front of me.
Regardless of feelings, I do believe the Lord’s timing is perfect, so I’m trusting Him with this request for greater awareness.
SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE LIKE YOU HAVE LOVED ME //
The best way to further highlight this is to share a few passages of Scripture. If you have any questions after reading them, feel free to let me know.
Simply put: God is love, so He is our perfect example (and so much more!) for how to love others. It's a love that oozes from humility, saying, "Hey! I love you because you're a human, who's made in the imagine of and deeply loved by God."
BREAK MY HEART FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS //
The Lord cares for the poor and marginalized and commands that we do as well.
If you’re looking for ways to serve, please take a look at the various ways to get involved via Hope for New York, which is a ministry organization in the city that’s doing some amazing things.
EVERYTHING I AM FOR YOUR KINGDOM’S CAUSE //
With this, I have to ask myself a few questions:
- What, in my life, have I put higher than Christ, and why?
- How can I release these things and set boundaries moving forward?
- What's needed to surrender all of me on a daily basis, knowing that Jesus is better?
In a place like New York, it's easy to constantly think about self-promotion and improvement; and while there's nothing wrong with growth, we should understand what the intent of it is. Selfish intentions will only go so far; they're temporary and not as powerful as we'd hope.
AS I WALK FROM EARTH INTO ETERNITY //
This is such a celebratory ending, for eternity is coming! There’s a comfort and assurance that comes with, and only with, Christ. It’s a humbling, unimaginable thing that brings a smile to my face.
Again, if you have questions about faith or life in general, please feel free to reach out below and/or come visit my church. We’re not perfect, but we serve a perfect God and pursue Him in community, which is a beautiful foretaste of eternity.