Let Mercy Lead

We went on a family road trip a couple of weekends back. Great time with my wife’s Sister and her family. We hit the World of Coca Cola in Atl, and a Braves game Sat. afternoon. Great seats in the shade, and the Braves pulled it out against the Phils in the bottom of the ninth.

Anyway, the travel time to downtown Atlanta was interesting. K and I were driving with 4 kids and their iPods. Imagine, “We Are the World” sung independently by 4 cousins, wearing headphones, trying to imitate Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper (et.al.) It was a little…no, it was almost exactly like this…

It was a lot of fun, and it got me thinking about music. How it shapes me, for good and bad, and how easily it gets inside my head. Hundreds and hundreds of songs whose lyrics spill effortlessly out of my mouth when I hear them on Pandora, or search iTunes for “1978” and click through the Essentials. Even the Deep Cuts are familiar to me.

I don’t know if you’ve ever had this happen, but it happens all too often to me. A song comes on and you think, “Wow, I haven’t heard that in years. Good song!” And you start singing it word for word, when you suddenly realize exactly what you’re saying. I mean you never really payed attention or understood what the song was about. But you do now. Boy, do you ever!

I know my head’s full of that kind of stuff. I wonder what the good side of that coin looks like. Whose music has affected me the most for the good? Whose lyrics and music has challenged me, convicted me, given me hope, taught me, changed me? In CCM it’s a no brainer. Keith Green, and Rich Mullins.

There are truths in some songs I want to learn, and to live from the rest of my days. Truths I need to pass on to my kids. This one, by Rich Mullins, is one of those.

“Let mercy lead. Let love be the strength in your legs. And in every footprint that you leave there’ll be a drop of grace.”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another .”

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