Friday, June 17, 2011

I Want The Healer

For the last couple of days, I have had the priviledge of leading worship from the Woods stage at Atlanta Fest just before Chad Wallace took the stage to share a message from his heart. It's been a beautiful experience and I'm looking forward to doing it one more time tomorrow. I have a few stories I want to share about this experience and how God is working, but I think I still need some time to process them myself. But, I do want to share with you a song written by Matt Jackson who shared just after us the last two days.

The chorus of this song is echoing in my heart and I hope will be resonating for the rest of my life:

"I want the Healer, not just the Healing. I want the Giver, not just the gifts. I want the Real Thing, not just Something. I want You. I want You."

Too often, we look for the healing and forget that the Healer is so much more than we could ever hope or imagine. I hope you'll let those words simmer in your heart, as they are in mine, and reach out the Healer, the Giver of all good things.

Check out Matt Jackson at http://iammattjackson.com/

And the link to "The Healer": http://youtu.be/o3xszRlosvY





The Healer
By:
Matt Jackson

I don't want to build this house in vain
I don't want to place another stone unless you show me where it lays
I don't want to do this on my own
I just want to be right where You are where I can see what's in Your heart
You are my life, You are my source
And I'm seeking You until all mysteries are known
You are my life, You are my source
And I'm seeking You alone

I want the Healer, not just the healing
I want the Giver, not just the gifts
I want the Real Thing, not just some thing
I want You, I want You
I want You

You have my life in Your control
And I am letting go and letting You tear down my walls
You are the Builder, I am the stone
You are breaking me and making me; it helps me to see
You have my life, You are my source
And I'm seeking You until all the mysteries are known

I want the Healer, not just the healing
I want the Giver, not just the gifts
I want the Real Thing, not just some thing
I want You, I want You

I'm giving You everything
I'll give it all
'Cause You've given me everything
I'll give it all

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Beauty of Redemption

If you know me, you know that I love a good story of redemption. Books or movies that fail to redeem something broken in the story line often leave me feeling flat and unsatisfied. I love grace and I'm so thankful for it (because Heaven knows I need it!).

And also, if you know me, or have been around me recently, you also know that God is weaving a beautiful story of redemption in my life. It's more than I could have hoped for and better than I dared to dream. I'm so happy and completely overwhelmed that God has chosen to show His favor and grace in the way that He is right now for me.

As a church, we've been reading through the Bible. Our plan is to read through it together in a year. We've just made it through Leviticus and I was struck by how many times the word "redeem" is used. From the beginning, God has been working for our redemption. He's been showing His grace and favor and giving us a way out. It's an amazing and overwhelming thing. The God of the Universe cares about the details of our life and how we find our way back to Him. Wow!

Do you see redemption in your story? How is God showing His grace and favor for you right now? Are you missing it? Take a moment to step back and find that thread He is weaving into your every day story. I bet you'll be amazed too.

Redemption is beautiful. Without it, how lost I would be.