If you’re like me you see life differently than you did when you were younger. My wife and I have told tales of a time before video games, cable TV, home computers and ATMs(!) (to say nothing of the internet and video streaming) to our son and his friends. I still remember a buddy and I being dropped off in Solana Beach to see The Who’s Rock Opera, Tommy, in a double feature with a Monty Python film on a Saturday afternoon in 1974 or 1975 for 75 cents!
For me it’s absolutely amazing that someone in 2051 may look back with nostalgia on Amazon’s Echo like we do with the 8-track tape. (You can Google Amazon Echo if you’re unsure what I’m talking about. We love ours.)
When I started this blog I mentioned faith-based music from decades ago that I still enjoy. It’s true. I really do like Michael, Row The Boat Ashore. In searching Youtube I even found a version by Johnny Rivers from his album “Johnny Rivers Rocks The Folk”!
If we are convinced that everything was better back then we miss the great stuff of today. I’ve had discussions with people over the years about music, including music used in worship. Lots of people have convinced themselves that the “older stuff” was better.
We may have a special place in our heart because of the memories that are wrapped up with the “older stuff”. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with that, BUT, and this is a big “but”, we need to live in the present if we’re NOT going to miss out.
From a faith perspective we can miss what God is doing now. He’s inviting us to join him. To hear God’s call to us today we need to be present with him IN THE PRESENT. Listening. One way to start listening is through music. If I were stuck in the “old stuff” I would have missed out on Crowder and his music.
When I’m in a worship service I’m not always in the mood to learn a new song, but I ask God to stretch me so I discover more about new ways to worship him. Because I didn’t close my mind to new music I heard “Come As You Are” and I found it impactful enough to check it out on Youtube. I heartily suggest you do the same. Check out the video below some of the lyrics I cribbed from Google.
Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken-hearted, let rescue begin
Come find your mercy, oh, sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens, lay down your shame
All who are broken, lift up your face
Oh, wanderer come home, you’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart
Come as you are