Just a heads up, if you are uncomfortable with, or just don’t want to read some guy talking about his faith, then you might want to find another blog post to read this week, because that’s all I write in this post. Also, know that I write this disclaimer to try and be considerate, so as to try and avoid wasting your time, not to try and drive you away.
I am very sorry, but the poem I wanted to insert isn’t working with formatting, so here is a link to the words. It is also a song, so feel free to give it a listen.
That poem could be my full blog post. The opening stanza is probably my favorite line that I have ever come across in a poem or song. It’s not good because it has beautiful rhyming, or a clever play on words, or anything special that we talk about when we talk about good poetry, it’s good because it of the truth it speaks. That is my life right there. I cant deny the worst thing that you could think of about me, because on some level, its probably true. But it doesn’t matter, because those things you just thought of don’t define me.
I also love that Jason Gray chooses to repeat the chorus between every verse. We are continually being remade. It is not just a one time thing, it is constant throughout our life. By repeating the chorus over and over, it feels to me like Jason Gray is reminding us of this fact.
Then in stanza five he talks about how its been so long since he has allowed himself to have hope for change. He allowed the shadow of shame has eclipsed his vision of God. In my life God has always been there, but I, like a little child who can’t look his father in the eye, have been afraid to look up. “But the one who is making everything new doesn’t see me the way that I do.” Even when we don’t look up, because our shame is too strong, God looks down. He sees us in our entirety, and he loves us anyway. That’s pretty crazy. We look at ourselves and see something vile and despicable, and we hope no one else notices. We label ourselves, and think change will never come. But God looks at us and calls us forgiven, beloved, hidden in Christ, made in the image of the Giver of Life, righteous and holy, reborn and remade, accepted and worthy.
This is our new name. It’s who we are.