Monday, February 28, 2011

Musical Monday

Jars of Clay is coming to my church at the end of next month (with Derek Webb, Matt Maher & Audrey Assad -- squee!). I've not seen Jars of Clay live in a long time and I'm really looking forward to it.

In preparation, I've been listening to their most recent album The Shelter a bit in the car. Now I absolutely ADORED Good Monsters and Long Fall Back to Earth pretty much out of the gate. I had favorites from those cds on first listens. But this one has taken a bit longer to grow on me.

Nevertheless, as I've listened, I've found that several of the songs are really moving me. And the one that has really grabbed me (and you'll know why as soon as you read the lyrics) is the title track, Shelter. Yet another reminder that we need one another and that one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another is the gift of relationship.

To all who are looking down
Holding onto hearts still wounding
For those who’ve yet to find it
The places near where love is moving

Cast off the robes you’re wearing
Set aside the names that you’ve been given
May this place of rest in the fold of your journey
Bind you to hope, you will never walk alone

In the shelter of each other, we will live, we will live
In the shelter of each other, we will live, we will live
Your arms are all around us

If our hearts have turned to stone
There is hope, we know the rocks will cry out
And the tears aren’t ours alone
Let them fall into the hands that hold us

Come away from where you’re hiding
Set aside the lies that you’ve been living
May this place of rest in the fold of your journey
Bind you to hope that we will never walk alone

If there is any peace, if there is any hope
We must all believe, our lives are not our own
We all belong
God has given us each other
And we will never walk alone

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