By Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, May 8, 2016
I don’t know if this happens to you, but it happens to me all the time. A song burrows its way into my head like an earworm and gets stuck in a loop. For weeks in random moments, both quiet and quite busy, I hear it like background noise. For the past few weeks, two artists have dominated my inner soundtrack, the cast recording of “Hamilton” and Rain for Root’s “The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This.” Our own, Matt Moncrief, brought one of their songs to life during our Worship Service in the amphitheater last week.
These works have little in common. The former retells the story of former Secretary of State, Alexander Hamilton, through the lens of hip-hop. It is profound and at times profanely brilliant. The other retells the parables of Jesus through folk music intended for children. Yet this adult cannot get the music out of his head and heart.
Folk music about the gospel and a hip-hop musical about history have little in common at face value. Yet, it is what they do have in common that I find most interesting. Sometimes it takes a change in perspective to allow history or even the Bible to speak to you in a new way and evoke a fresh hearing. Only by hearing something in a new way may we allow something we have all but forgotten to get stuck in our heads and make its way to our hearts once again.
For your edification this week, I have included a link to another Rain for Roots song “Wedding Banquet.” It is a retelling of the banquet stories of Jesus in Mathew and Luke. As we gather for the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, may you hear, “Oh Come, the feast is ready here for you” in your head and in your heart.
Click here to listen.