By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, February 25, 2016
Contrasts abound during the Lenten season: light and darkness, virtue and vice, sacred and profane, and not the least being the beauty and brokenness found in every individual. Hemingway once wrote, “The world breaks everyone.”
This season of prayer and introspection reveals it all if our confessions mean anything at all during this season. Confession exposes who we really are. We are all composed of the very same contrasts that we see in the world. We are broken, yet beautiful. We are sinful saints. We are frail heroes. We are tempted and tired and totally God’s people.
When we consider the cross, we are invited into the brokenness of the world, only to find nothing less than the beauty of God. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” A focus on the cross reveals beauty. That realization should lead us to another confession. Yes, we are all broken, but it is in that confession that we find grace and beauty.
For years now, I have found my Lenten journey framed by the songs on my playlist. Year after year, I find myself returning to a handful of songs during this season. Some will be familiar to you. Maybe one or two of them will speak to you as they have spoken to me.
"All My Favorite People are Broken” by Over the Rhine
“All my friends are part saint and part sinner
We lean on each other
Try to rise above”
“Salvation Song” by Avett Brothers
“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”
“Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons.
“How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes
I struggle to find any truth in your lies
And now my heart stumbles on things I don't know
My weakness I feel I must finally show”