I just heard a song yesterday for the first time. It’s by one of my favorite Christian singer/songwriters, Matthew West. The lyrics are below.  Appropriate that I should hear the song on 9/11, the anniversary of the terrorist attack that changed the world. In many ways, it was changed for the worse.
But there is always hope and Matthew tells us about that in the final stanza of his song. In my faith tradition we have prayer that’s always led by the priest where he states,

“…as we await the blessed hope

and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

So Jesus is our Savior, of course. But He is also our “blessed hope!” We don’t await WITH blessed hope; we await THE blessed hope, Jesus. That’s certain hope. True God and True man will return. But, Spiritually, He’s with us now. That’s why we literally can have hope.

I only realized this was the meaning of this part of the prayer a few weeks ago. I’ve been going to Mass pretty much my whole life and never heard this before, never understood the real meaning. It was so exciting if a bit embarrassing. Better late than never, right?

So, that’s the reason we cannot despair. In the vernacular of young people today: “Don’t despair because…Jesus.”

I am including  a YouTube link for the song. If it doesn’t work when you click on it/tap it, just copy and paste into your browser and try it that way. There are actually a couple of different versions. I could not find an ‘official’ version so feel free to check out which ever one you like! You should really listen to it because he sings it with such emotion. And faith, I think.

And remember, we not only wait for the Hope that is Jesus. But you can pray for that Hope in your very heart right now because within your very deepest self, your heart/spirit, is where He most wants to be invited in. Get back to me if you have any questions. God bless you with Peace.

 

The Reason For The World

There are no words in times like these
When tears don’t hide the tragedies
And all you want is a reason for the worldNo comfort in the greeting card
Cause God is good
But life’s still hard
And your heart just wants a reason for the world

Maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

For God so loved your broken heart
He sent his son to where you are
And he died
To give a reason for the world

So lift your sorrows to the one
Whose plan for you has just begun
And rests here in the hands that hold the world

Cause maybe the reason for the pain
Is so we would pray for strength
And maybe the reason for the strength
Is so that we would not lose hope
And maybe the reason for all hope
Is so that we could face the world
And the reason for the world
Is to make us long for home

Well I know you’re past the point of broken
Surrounded by your fear
I know your feet are tired and weary
From the road that you walked down here
But just keep your eyes on heaven
And know that you are not alone
Remember the reason for the world

No ear has heard
No eye has seen
Not even in your wildest dreams
A beauty that awaits beyond this world
When you look into the eyes of grace
And hear the voice of mercy say
Child, welcome to the reason for the world

3 thoughts on “The Reason for the World

  1. Beautiful song and reflection.

    On Thu, Sep 12, 2019, 3:37 PM Drowning in Lemonade wrote:

    > Lynda MacFarland posted: “I just heard a song yesterday for the first > time. It’s by one of my favorite Christian singer/songwriters, Matthew > West. The lyrics are below. Appropriate that I should hear the song on > 9/11, the anniversary of the terrorist attack that changed the world” >

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