Music · The Story

A Story and a Song for a Hard Reset

This weekend my favorite Canadian shared these videos which burst into my soul like the fireworks she promised in the watching.

It was one of those weeks when the stories coming in from the hearts of friends and family ached so much that a dull headache hung around under the surface of the days. I listened to stories of deep hurting and felt the weight of the broken world so acutely that homesickness for heaven rolled in as a melancholy summer fog.

But when I clicked on this story and song from Rend Collective, something got reset inside and I kept hitting repeat all weekend. From deep within I felt the small knot of anxiety begin to melt.  These joyful Irish voices sang with words and tone a much needed reminder of hope about Jesus’s gifts to us.

That’s right! The dark IS just a canvas for grace and joy IS always there to reignite us.

This is what faith in Him does, world. He gives us reason to celebrate in the midst of brokenness. He is our Hope. He is the only medicine that heals the hurts that no doctor or counselor or lawyer can cure. It’s real and His story combines with our stories, redeeming us as we run into his arms.

If you are reading this and have no clue what I’m talking about? Well, it’s called the good news story and I’d love to celebrate it with you!

Take a few minutes to listen to the story as Gareth Gilkeson shares, in the swooniest of Irish brogues, joys to be found in the gift of celebration. They might be just the reset you were needing to start your week.

A Story….

A Song….

“Joy” by Rend Collective

We’re choosing celebration
Breaking into freedom
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our heartWe cast aside our shadows
Trust You with our sorrows
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our heartsWe’re dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We’re rising from the ashes to the stars

You’re the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I’m broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love

The pain will not define us
Joy will reignite us
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our hearts

The dark is just a canvas
For Your grace and brightness
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our hearts

We’re dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We’re rising from the ashes to the stars

You’re the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I’m broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love
[x2]

You’re the joy
The song in my heart
The hope of my soul

In the shadows
In the sorrows
In the desert
When the pain hits
You are constant
Ever-present
You’re the song of my heart
[x2]

You’re the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I’m broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love
Into Your arms

 

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