Is this the strange feeling
Of you working all to good ...
When I asked for and deserved a stone
You broke and gave your body as bread ...
Do you know it? Do you hear it? It's a song of incredulous wonder and profound gratitude. Like most of the album, it's fundamentally about grace. A grace good enough to surprise us, to overtake us, and to leave us with full hearts and lips stammering to say an appropriate thanks. A grace that has the last word on our mistakes, our wounds, our pain:
There you go working good from my bad
There you go making robes from my rags
There you go melting crowns from my calves
There you go working good of all I have
Till all I have's not that bad
Yup. Grace. Pure and true and real.
When we gather together for worship this Sunday, we'll have the chance to hear a story upon which this song easily could have been based: the story of Joseph and his brothers. But even before we get to Sunday, I hope God helps you to remember the profound truth of that chorus above. Or, as Paul says, to know that "all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28).
May you sense God's presence, friends, and may you know that presence is gracious and loving towards you and this world.