“You Are the Way”

I don’t know what happened. I just got into a groove. And then I looked down at the time.

9:30pm. That’s pretty late for a worship practice to run.

I quickly apologized for how late we ran and mumbled some instructions and requests for Sunday and then gave up the microphone to our guest worship leader, Lydia, so she could get a decent sound check for the special song she would lead for Sunday.

While singing songs of devotion that she would help lead for Sunday’s service, her eyes shone with affection for her Savior.

While singing the song she wrote after spending time in Jordan serving the poor, rejected, and destitute streaming across its refugee camps, her soul shone.

What strikes me in moments like this is how maligned her generation is as a whole and how many people her age are leaving whole lives behind in their country of extraordinary comfort, where many of us are comforting ourselves to death. These young champions travel to places where misery often reigns, and in those places they find peace with the conflict within. They find the pleasure of the heart of God in the work of their hands. They find peace, measure by measure.

When we sing to God, asking him to break our hearts for what breaks His heart, we should not be surprised to find that He has honored that request and the images of the human condition He presents to us are just the starting place.

But then something happens.

God does not break our hearts so that we might have empathy for His misery in our suffering. He breaks our hearts so that we might shake loose from sedentary lives, rouse ourselves in His power, and go do the work to which He has called us.

These Millennials, too often blamed for breaking everything, know so potently what is broken and are going in record numbers to the most broken places and most broken people to put their hands to the work.

Photo by Stefanos Orovas on Unsplash

She finishes her song and it rings through the church building. There was more song to sing, but we’re all pretty tired from the day.

“What is song writing like for you?” I ask, always interested in the process of creative people when they create.

She laughs, like I just asked her to describe how hot the sun is.

“It’s breathing,” She says and describes the process of the words she becomes suddenly burdened with and then rushes to get some music that goes with these ideas.

If you have room in your giving budget, please consider contributing to Lydia’s next project. She is going back to Jordan with an organization called IDEAS, professionals who are inspired by faith and compassion to serve people at risk all over the world. She will be using her gifts to support the mission and to reach out with the hands of all fo those who will help to send her with compassion, love, hope, and dignity. You can find the Facebook page that will link to giving on her behalf here.

If you are in the Hurst area on Sunday, come on by North Pointe Baptist Church at 147 E Hurst Blvd. Share some time with us. She’ll be leading in worship with the rest of the team. Ben will lead us in another lesson on true intimate fellowship with Christ. Lydia will sing her song which God placed on her heart after her trip to the heart of a God-inspired and called mission.

Lord I’ve been content in my way
Without sharing Your glorious name
Now I bow down to Your glory
And give thanks for Your faithfulness
 
There are so many things that can lie
But with You I have the truth
You are the way
There are so many places to turn
But with You I have no fear
You are the way

In You I found the love
I found the grace
I’ll seek Your face       
In You I found my home
I found the light
You saved my life
 
Lord I’ve seen Your people in need
But Lord I know Your love is stronger than their storm
You are our refuge
When the world has taken everything from us
 
There are so many things that can lie
But with You I have the truth
You are the way
There are so many places to turn
But with You I have no fear
You are the way
 
In You I found the love
I found the grace
I’ll seek Your face       
In You I found my home
I found the light
You saved my life
 
Empower me Lord let me hear Your words
Open my eyes, fill my mind
I give You my all
I finally found my calling in Your name 
Reflect Your light, share Your love
You are my God
 
In You I found the love
I found the grace
I’ll seek Your face       
In You I found my home
I found the light
You saved my life

Lydia Faith, “You Are the Way” 2018
Photo by Kate Remmer on Unsplash

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