Weekend Reflections: Beautiful Things on 10.31.10

Last weekend was one of my favorites in a long time, largely because it was built around the stunning Gungor song “Beautiful Things”.  I can’t describe how deeply this song moves me, and what a healing role it’s played in some of the difficult season of this last year.  Check out more of Gungor’s music here.

After turning our attention upward with “O For A Thousand Tongues” and Becky’s soaring version of “Revelation Song”, I shared a little about how the words “God’s faithfulness” have lost their meaning for me.  Maybe I’ve been in too many church services, but hearing someone talk about “God is so faithful…” tends to sound like a hallow Christian cliché in my ears.  However, when we tell stories of how GOD enters into our darkest places to bring Light…and wraps himself around our brokenness to bring healing….  When we talk about how GOD never tires of making beautiful things out of the dust, His “faithfulness” starts to mean something again.

And so we launched into “Beautiful Things”.  During the song, Holly acted as curator – leading us through three pieces of art that members of our community created inspired by these ideas.  The art was great, and I personally found the stories to be incredibly moving and holy.  If God can bring goodness out of the pain and disappointment in their lives, then maybe He can with mine.  Their honesty brought me so much hope.

This song/stories experience culminated in letting 6 or 7 scripture passages about God’s faithfulness wash over us – hopefully now with new depth, flesh, and nuance to them – and we stood and sang the great hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” together.

I don’t know about you, but I really needed this reminder.  Thank You, God, that You never give up on us and can bring beauty out of absolutely anything.

Aaron

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 11.04.10 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

2 Responses to “Weekend Reflections: Beautiful Things on 10.31.10”

  1. Thank you for posting this song. The lyrics really touched me.

    Posted by Literacygirl on 12/13/09 November 11th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

  2. Hello after I have read blog posts like this one, I have come to realize that I must enhance my game. Cool site. Love the Music.

    Posted by Joax on 12/13/09 November 29th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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