Thursday, January 08, 2009

Healing Broken Places in the Soul

Sunday evening I shared a song in SHOWCASE FBC that hits me at a very sensitive emotional place. It was a huge risk for me because I wasn’t sure I would be able to get through it without falling apart. I almost didn’t. I first heard John Mark McMillan’s How He Loves at Catalyst 2008 this past October. We had just heard an interview with William Paul Young talk about his book The Shack, and how his own story led him to write the book. As I read the last parts of the book, this song kept echoing in my head.

The song is a little bit on the grungy side, speaking style-wise … and some of the poetic imagery still makes me twist my head funny when I hear [or sing it], but it paints a wonderful picture of what Brennan Manning calls “God’s furious love for us” … and it heals broken places in my soul.

He is jealous for me; loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His Wind and Mercy
And all of a sudden I am unaware of
These afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

Oh, how He loves us so;
Oh, how He loves us;
How He loves us so.

He loves us, Oh how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us; Oh, how He loves …

We are His Portion and He is our Prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His Eyes
If His grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way that …

He loves us, Oh how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us; Oh, how He loves …

That’s enough to think about for now. The peace of Christ to you.


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