My wife and I had the great pleasure of seeing Andrew Peterson in concert last Thursday night with a full band (Caleb) backing him. I am grateful for the music that Andrew writes. It has always struck a chord with me as a believer because he has never been afraid to write songs that are hard and would never be played on your local CCM radio station. But now, as a parent of two small miracles, they resonate even more with me. His songwriting has often told stories about leaving a legacy, your own story of love and faith. Seeing him live, telling the stories behind these songs, only serves to bring them to life even more.
But that is not the point of this post.
You see, Andrew was using some video to help tell some of the stories and as the show drew to a close, white text on black background began to show up for us to read…. beautiful… poetic… it read this way:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
It sounded so familiar, so beautiful. I know I have the words before, I hope he quotes the author and book at the end so I can buy it and read……
It is Romans 8:18-23
How did I not know God’s own words to me through Paul? How have I so neglected His word? I love to read, but it seems that I love to read about God’s word than actually read God’s word. Then I read Joe Thorn’s new blog post here and saw myself in the mirror.
So I post this… as a reminder to always go back to my first love.
We need to recognize that these practices [secular] are not neutral or benign, but rather intentionally loaded to form us into certain kinds of people—to unwittingly make us disciples of rival kings and patriotic citizens of rival kingdoms.– Desiring the Kingdom - pg 90-91
I have often talked about what it would look like to live an intentionally ‘liturgical’ life but have failed to explain what that looks like. A couple of weeks ago I started reading Desiring the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith and now can confidently say that he explains everything I would have said and then some. Here is a great quote from page 84:
“Typical worldview-thinking is not primed to recognize something like this [mundane realities like shopping at the mall] because it is too focused on the cognitive. If you think cultural critique is based on ideas or beliefs, and that cultural “threats” come in the form of messages and “values,” then you’ll have a cultural radar that is only equipped to pick up on ideas and beliefs”
I am currently reading this…
In preparation for this…
Who knows, maybe as a project during Lent. Hopefully as a place to spill thoughts on theology, intentional liturgical living, music, craft beer and good whisky. Not to be cool but because these are things I think about.