Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Reckless, Raging Fury that they Call the Love of God--Quote a Day

I am a Christian, or Christ follower or person that believes in the divinity of Jesus Christ or whatever the trendy politically acceptable term is these days, so I wanted to share a quote related to that. The quote is from the beloved Rich Mullins. Those of you who aren't familiar with the Christian music scene won't know, but he's kind of the hero of Christian music. We say that now because he's gone to be with the Lord, but I think that during his lifetime he often surprised people. He wasn't conventional, but openly flawed (we are all flawed, just maybe not openly), didn't really subscribe to all of the ideas of "what a Christian should be" and yet (or because of that) his words and his life have impacted so many of us. One of my favorite songs by him is "The Love of God" Everytime I hear these words I get little goosebumps. So often I think we mistake the love of God for being safe...when it is anything but. It completely invades your life and takes you by force and it does not always feel good, but it is good. Anyway (mini sermon over!) here are the opening lines...how I love them.

"There's a wideness in God's mercy
I cannot find in my own
And He keeps His fire burning
To melt this heart of stone
Keeps me aching with a yearning
Keeps me glad to have been caught
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God"

I hope that even if you don't believe as I do, you can appreciate the beauty of the words!



Amy

6 comments:

Kristina said...

I love Christian music! Rich Mullins was one of the first I was introduced to along with DC Talk, Carman, and Point of Grace. So I've grown up with the wonderful contributions of these artists, and you're right, their words are just beautiful! My favorites now also include Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, Rachael Lampa, Third Day, Seventh Day Slumber.....oh I could go on for days!! Thank you for this post, it made my morning =)

TexasRed said...

That's beautiful. I know some of Rich Mullins' music, but not this song. Thank you!

euphrony said...

I love this song as well. The whole album, in fact, is really good. I'm a big fan of the "album" concept (as opposed to a collection of songs by the same artist that is sold together as an album) and seeing how artists put their songs together, each as an individual thought in longer conversation. The song before this one on Never Picture Perfect is "Bound to Come Some Trouble", and is paired perfectly with "The Love of God". When I think of this album, those two bound together are the first songs that usually come to mind.

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I don't listen to Christian music, but the lyrics are beautiful!

Dar said...

It's awesome Amy!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love Rich Mullins. I think I'm going to have to dig out this CD.

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