Tuesday, May 29, 2012

“The valley low, that’s where we make our homes.
But this I know: that’s what He’s saved us for…”

All the way home from Grandma’s, my children sing this at the top of their little lungs, voices and hands raised together. These are the words I want my children singing forever – the words of “living and loving among the ruins”. This is the primary lesson we want to teach our children: that of a sacrificial love in the middle of this broken world.

When we sing this song on Sundays, when I see my brown-skinned two-year-old daughter in the aisle with her blond-headed two-year-old friend holding hands and dancing their hearts out to this song, I am overwhelmed with this prophetic vision that God gave one man – one man who was faithful to live and love even here, in the ruins. Who gave his very life as a result of speaking out for God’s truth in this broken world. That’s the kind of life I want my children to live. We were saved for something, not just from something. There are no truths in this world that I want my children to learn more than this one: we just want to do God’s will.

“Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.

And I don't mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I'm happy, tonight.

I'm not worried about anything.

I'm not fearing any man!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!”
(1968) Martin Luther King, Jr.


(Thank you The City Harmonic for writing songs like this one. Songs that speak to our family. Songs that speak to our church. You’re our people.)

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