by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 3/5/15

I have been trying to pay attention during this Lenten season. One of the ways that I try to be mindful each year is to seek out new expressions of faith in the Lenten season in music, art, or movies. This year praise and folk music topped my Lenten playlist. I am struck by the hope present in the Avett Brothers’, “Salvation Song.”

We came for salvation
We came for family
We came for all that's good, that's how we'll walk away
We came to break the bad
We came to cheer the sad
We came to leave behind the world a better way

There is something both earnest and honest about the sound. Other people are paying attention, too. The first time columnist Nick Rynerson heard “Salvation Song,” he wept unashamedly. For Nick, it encouraged him to trust Christ as the themes in “Salvation Song” are completed in the good news of Easter. Listen to the song here.

And I would give up everything
No this is not just about me
And I don’t know a plainer way to say it Babe
And they may pay us off in fame
Though that is not why we came
And I know well and good
that won’t heal our hearts

This Lenten season invites us to take stock of our lives. That is difficult because our lives are filled with things that we know “well and good won’t heal our hearts.” May we lay them down in this season and prepare to take up the cross and follow Jesus.