Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.
I want that harmonium!!! >=[
Stanley Hauerwas on Election 2012
a great rendition of my all time favorite hymn
Steadfast God, perhaps one of the greatest mysteries is why you continue to entrust the work of your kingdom into our clumsy hands. But we are forever grateful that you do not want to change the world without us. May we become the church you dream of. Amen.
I think it’s very easy to misconstrue this song. To think that Jon Foreman is talking about the whole escapism idea is too easy of an interpretation. I don’t think Jon would believe so quickly in that. And this is seen all throughout the whole song: “in a world where I belong.”
Musically and lyrically, I feel this song lies between longing for a place and a triumphant return. And I think we long to return, not to some place in the clouds or “up there”, but into the presence of God. St. Augustine once said the same thing: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until we rest in you.” This restful state that we are found is not some place away from the sufferings and pains, but in a world where God looked at it and saw that it was very good.