Two for the Road

Driving is a source of great pleasure to me.  I know I’m not alone.

Although I much prefer to be. Alone. In my car.

My thoughts can breath. Aspirations and inspirations and exultation’s stop getting all mixed up. Moments of clarity become stretches.

How many times have you had a conversation with a parent of kids under 21 who exclaimed, “And, I got to drive for twenty whole minutes, ALL BY MYSELF!”?  How many times?  Maybe it was you who uttered that very thing just this week?

One of the most precious get-away moments comes as I press play on a song that mama wants to hear. Can I get an amen?

Here are two of my favorites. I’d like to share the music, of course. But, I’d also like to share the why, because I like each one for radically different reasons.

If you’ve never heard the words “amazing” and “grace”, together, about a song, then I ask you, where have you been living for the last 235 years?

There is a version of this song that has undone me more times than I care to count. Amazing Grace, (My Chains Are Gone) was the song I first sang upon realizing the extent of my deep need for True Grace to swoop down and save me. It was later the song that ushered in a realization that addiction was part of my DNA. It is The Song that reminds me, again and again, that my chains are exactly that – mine. I’ve truly been set free.

And Grace reminds me that it doesn’t matter what I chain myself to – or how many times I attempt to chain myself to anything other than the God who made me – He. Will. Find. Me.

And set me free.

While I won’t apologize for my taste in music (it is, after all, thinking in sounds), I will say that some things just appeal to my inner need for a beat.  When I first heard “Letting Go”, by Bethel Music, I was on the verge of making some rotten decisions.  The moment the words “you’ve brought me to the end of myself”, I knew.

I knew that Grace would meet me there. At the end of myself.

And He did.

And does.

What tunes go on the road with you? Share please!

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This post is day 2 of the #write31days over at The Nester’s website.

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Most of My Chains Are Gone

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“My chains are gone.

I’ve been set free.

My God, my savior, He ransomed me.”

Chris Tomlin’s version of “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” never, and I mean never, ceases to make me sob. I sob for those who still don’t understand the freedom that God’s mercy and grace provide. I sob for the Christ that bore my sin upon that Cross. I sob for my loved ones who don’t understand why any of this should matter to me so much. And, ultimately, I weep with joy for the freedom I have because of His selfless act on my behalf.  And yours.

My friends, do you even know how very much you are loved?  If you do, let’s rejoice, together, this Easter Sunday.

And, if you don’t? Well, I’m betting you know this song below, regardless of the religious upbringing you grew up with. Would you give it another listen?  With fresh ears.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin

Oh, how I hope something new stirs in your heart!

Because, the more friends I can rejoice with, the bigger and better the party will be.  Yes indeedy!  You can take that promise right to the empty tomb.

Happy Easter!