A favorite worship practice we experienced while living in Tucson was the regular use of secular music. My kids easily identified with many of the popular songs shared and when we’d hear that song again on the radio, they’d remember our worship time.
Brilliant. Truly brilliant.
It taught me, and hopefully planted spiritual seeds within my son and daughter, that faith and daily life should be inseparable. Messages of hope, or solace, or inspiration are all around us. We simply need to pay attention.
Our move to Oregon three years ago had a rocky start.
I came up a month ahead of my family to prepare the way–to find housing and have it up an running by the time they arrived. And I did just that. Well… half of that. I found a house and after a very quick tour, rented it. I would discover, only after picking up the house keys three weeks later, just a few days before my family with all our belongings were to show up, that the home was mold-infested. My family arrived Christmas Day to the news that we were temporarily homeless.
A very stressful week followed, a far more expensive rental was found, and our lives began to take on a new rhythm. For a few month at least. And then my husband’s job abruptly ended. Higher rent, less wages. Not exactly what I had planned for my family and me.
And a song, which I’d heard dozens of times before, struck me with new meaning one dreary morning on the way to work :
Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home
Suddenly I was being serenaded by God.
“I’m going to make this place your home…” I needed to hear that. I needed to be assured that I had not made another mistake by once again uprooting my family.
And then these words followed.
Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m going to make this place
(Song title: Home, co-written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holdensong)
The overwhelming negative thoughts were certainly filling me with fear. I was running scared, afraid to face another day of uncertainty. “Settle down,” whispered God’s spirit in that familiar melody, “it’ll all be clear.”
As we rapidly approach our third anniversary here in Eugene, we have indeed made this place our home. It was a rough and tumble first year but we are making our way. I am ever grateful for the many ways God whispered “You are not alone. Keep the faith, be at peace, and have hope” in the times when I languished and longed for such assurances.
As I think about my children whose young lives are unfolding, it is my vision that they will have a faith so imbedded in their very beings that they too will constantly sense in the midst of the Secular that which is Sacred and be carried by this Presence through the easiest and hardest of times.