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I had originally planned to do a different post today but life (and blogging for that matter) does not always go according to plan. (In this case it is hopefully a good thing).
I am absolutely been loving this song by Bon Iver below lately and I listened to it last night. To be honest, Bon Ivers lyrics are usually a bit elusive to me and I often do not really know what he is actually singing about (if you think that is a bit stupid, my excuse is that English is my second language). However, the last line of the song really stood out to me last night:
Heavenly Father / is all that He offers / a safety in the end?
I guess this question is kind of in line what many people perceive faith as – a thing to hold on to in the face of the inevitable end of each and every one of our lives, a comfort when we face death or the loss of a loved one. Some even see it as an ‘opium for the people’, causing us to not question the here and now because of a believe in justice that will be restored ‘in the end’.
I had a pretty bad week so far (one of those where everything goes wrong at once and then Donald Trump becomes president to top it off) and honestly, if all that I had was ‘a safety in the end’, I do not know how I would cope. The truth is that God offers me safety now. He gives me peace. Hope. Love. Renewed strength.
In our church we meet as a small group of friends each Wednesday night to pray and worship together and last night we sang a couple of songs that all talked about the fact that God is faithful, that His love is everlasting and that there is nothing better than to know Him. And even though this week sucks and I would like to hide in my bed and not come out again, I feel peace and I am hopeful because no matter what happens my Heavenly Father holds me safe. Now and forever more.