Music Monday: The Redeemer

tatteredheartSanctus RealThe Redeemer

(listen on Spotify or Youtube)

Sometimes I just want to start over, ’cause everything looks like a wreck
And I need the courage to carry on, ’cause I can’t see what’s ahead
And there are places I’ve wished I could be, battles I’ve wanted to win
Dreams that have slipped through my hands
I may never get back again

But I’m still a dreamer, a believer
Oh, I’ve lost my faith in so many things, but I still believe in You
‘Cause You can make anything new

Sometimes I just wish we could say all the things that are easy to hear
Ignore the injustice we see and explain every unanswered prayer
But I’d rather speak honestly and wear a tattered heart on my sleeve
‘Cause in the middle of my broken dreams, redemption is here

And I’m still a dreamer, a believer
Oh, I’ve lost my faith in so many things, but I still believe in You
‘Cause You are the answer, the redeemer
Oh, I’ve given up on too many things, but I’m not giving up on You
‘Cause You can make anything new

I don’t have every answer in life
But I’m trusting You one day at a time
‘Cause You can make a weak heart stay alive forever
this is where Heaven and Earth collide
I lift my hands and give my life
This is how my weary heart stays alive

Oh, I’m still a dreamer (This is where heaven and earth collide)
(I lift my hands and give my life)
Still a believer (This is how my weary heart stays alive)
Oh, You are the answer (Oh, this is where Heaven and Earth collide)
(I lift my voice and give my life)
The redeemer (This is how my weary heart stays alive, oh)

‘Cause You can make anything new
Yeah, You can make anything new

 

There’s so much I could say about this song… so many nuggets to pull from it. But the lines I want to focus on are these:

Sometimes I just wish we could say all the things that are easy to hear
Ignore the injustice we see and explain every unanswered prayer
But I’d rather speak honestly and wear a tattered heart on my sleeve

This right here could be the description of my blog. It’s why I write. It’s why I don’t hide the bad and the ugly.

I could hide my tattered heart. I could hide the pain, the mistakes I’ve made, the tears I’ve cried. I could pull out my red lipstick smile and mask my dark circles and bloodshot eyes with my stylish sunnies. I can lock my skeletons in the closets and throw away the keys.

But that’s not me. That’s a magazine picture trying desperately to lure you into wanting to be something you’re not. And that’s shameful. It’s a moral crime against humanity everywhere.

This world is full of beautifully unique people. Out of the millions in this world, no two of us are exactly the same. No two. We’re different in the way we look, yes. But the most important difference is our personalities.

We’re all born with a specific personality or processing bent. But it’s the things that happen to us and the way we respond to them that makes our personailities so incredibly unique. If we hide these things, we loose so much of who we are. We loose depth. We become Barbie robots with hollow laughs.

And where’s the uniqueness in that?

Life is full of things that tatter our hearts, because this is life. “In this world, you will have trouble” (John 16:33). But as we work through these tough times, we refine our personalities and add a depth to ourselves.

And as we share the lessons we learn along the way, we inspire others to be true to themselves… to lay aside their red lipstick smiles and to smile through real tears.

So wear a tattered heart on your sleeve and speak honestly to a waiting world.

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In the conservative circle in which I grew up, contemporary Christian music was not allowed. After marrying, I began to listen to a CCM radio station. Much of my spiritual growth since then can be attributed to the many CCM artists and the songs they write. There is truth in those words and power in their music.

If music means as much to you as it does to me, you might want to check out Spotify. This music program allows you to search for particular songs and save them to playlists, allowing you to listen to your music whenever you wish. Best yet, it’s free. (It will require you to download their music program to your computer, but I promise it will not download any junk.) You can find all the songs highlighted in Music Mondays at the Recovered Identity Spotify playlist.

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