The form is not the end game, connection is.
It can take time for the silty noise of modern life to settle to the bottom of our crowded souls.
Yup, that’s God speaking.
We left those evening's together with arms slightly wider toward the stranger and hearts just that little more warmed by the closeness of a Father some were worried had abandoned them.
What I'm about to tell you may sound simple but it has huge ramifications.
"Poetry doesn’t so much tell us something we never knew as bring into recognition what is latent, forgotten, overlooked, or suppressed" - Eugene Peterson.
Before the sickest and weakest of the lot, we find Jesus denying us the right to the temptation of perfection and turning the tables on the popular power structures of this present age.
"How can you draw close to God when you are far from your own self?" - Augustine, Confessions (ad 500).
Great songs don't tell the listener what they want to say, they show them with beautiful imagery. Learning to hear God in that same way is meant to be a natural part of our spirituality.
Acknowledging our turmoil is the first step, making it bow before the Father of hope is the next.