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6 Responses to “Sad Songs Say So Much”

  1. Barnabas says:

    Thanx Mike, a nod towards the tears on the streets. Depths of sadness that dare not cloud the doors of the church. A journey, as you say, Jars of Clay and Michael Card have dared to reveal. Passion that taps into a depth of joy beneath grief in the shadow of death and and fear in a dark place. Tis grace that taught this heart to fear….

  2. Jason Poling says:

    Don’t miss out on the excellent stuff being put out by the worship team at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville (www.sojournmusic.com). Their disc of recast Isaac Watts hymns “The Water and the Blood” is particularly outstanding.

  3. Dave says:

    Mike, I love what you wrote and what you’ve detected. Pulling on my junior psychologist self-analysis hat, I “leaped” over sad things earlier in life and found myself un-trained to meet with similar emotions later in life. It may take a while for our culture to un-learn “the happy happies” just as it’s taking me a long time to un-learn that. Let me take an extra stab at culture-analysis: happy-happy is a youthful thing, an appropriately so, and sadness is appropriate to age and wisdom. Our culture lacks wisdom from its elders. If our elders led us well, they would lead us in being sad when we should be. Instead, our elders have led the way in making money in selling youth to our culture, thus creating a self-satisfied youth, robbing our youth of their sensitivity for a need for aged wisdom.

  4. Barnabas says:

    And Jesus himself wept.Sharing in His sufferings seems to be a Western mindset allergy. Meaning exclusion of the lost. Criticising sheepishness!

  5. Jeremy says:

    Great post. When I first encountered, live, the Northumbria Community in worship (www.northumbriacommunity.org) I was stunned by the deep lament that forms part the foundation of their approach–praying for sex offenders and their victims (an unprecedented moment in a service for me) and recognizing how our addictions/liturgies shape our love or lack of it. This is a deep need in our church rhythms, to face suffering head on.

  6. Barnabas says:

    2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – “Troubled, Perplexed, Persecuted, Cast Down, But Not Destroyed”
    Accepted or not?

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