If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for worship at Wesley House, sorry ’bout it. One of the things I love most about our worship leaders is their hearts for worship and music. Connor Healy is one of my favorite humans to worship with and that is because he allows the music to be what, I believe, music was created to be; a language that everyone can understand. It’s not uncommon to hear a song and think nothing, but when you pay attention to a song in its intricacies it has more power than we know. I believe it creates a space for the spirit to move and change us…and Connor is all about this! Connor drops songs in our texts about once or twice a quarter. He dropped this one this last week and he was the 3rd person to send it to me! Immediately I said, “would you do a write up for this?” He quickly replied, yes. Be blessed by these words and this song, friends. We would love to hear what you have to say about it! – Sarah
I believe that sometimes, and maybe even often, music explains something that words simply cannot. I find “The Blessing” to be one of these musical moments in which the Spirit powerfully moves. The song is written to be a blessing over one another in the name of our Lord. How amazing is it to see a room full of people, singing this song to one another, blessing their brothers and sisters in the presence of the Spirit. The song begins by requesting God’s bright, fulfilling Spirit to be among us, thus filling us with peace. The next section is often taken for granted as it simply repeats “amen” over and over. However, I view this section as our resounding affirmation of the previous and soon coming lyrics about the power of the Holy Spirit and its movement in our lives.
The next section is comprised of three powerful blessings leading to several powerful conclusions and requests from the Spirit. May the Lord bless you, and your family, and your children, and their children, and their children. May His glorious favor be upon us for generations. The lyrics then remind us that His Spirit is never failing and always present. He is always with us in every moment of our lives. Among the masses, in the lonesome valley, in the clarity, and in the unknown, His presence stands before us, behind us, beside, all around us, and within us. Finally, the most powerful stanza declares that the God of the universe, the Creator of the mountains and the oceans, the one who came to earth and sacrificed Himself, is endlessly fighting for us. In every stage of our life, the weeping and rejoicing, He if for us, He is for us, He is for us. For if God is for me, what can stand against me?
How beautiful this blessing is in these scary, unknown, yet hopeful times. A simple reminder that God has never and will never leave you, forsake you, or stop fighting for you! Amen!