So I am in church today, singing under my breath as to not offend fellow parishioners’ ears, when a line from a song caught my attention. The song is “Gather Us In” by Marty Haugen. The line that got me all contemplative was the following:
“Not in the dark of buildings confining, not in some heaven, light years away, but here in this place the new light is shining, now is the Kingdom, now is the day.”
Let’s break this bad boy down, line by incredible line to show you why it hit me.
- “Not in the dark of buildings confining”
I remember listening to an NPR show where someone mentioned finding God in the woods as they walked. A listener (who I am convinced accidently turned on talk radio thinking Dr. Laura would come on) called the show to inform the guest that God is only found in churches. I was stunned because I am of the belief that God is everywhere, even in people who call talk shows to bitch.
- “Not in some heaven, light years away”
No matter your view on the afterlife, you only earn your reward for actions here on earth. If you are concerned about your soul getting an audience with God, reach out and help others not for your soul but because it is the right thing to do. That means not living with “an eye on the prize” mentality.
- “But here in this place the new light is shining”
This is pretty self explanatory, people. Moving on.
- “Now is the Kingdom, now is the day.”
I am going to assume that Kingdom with a capital “K” refers to heaven and not one of the seven kingdoms of Westeros. This line is full of carpe diem for you to become a better person. Now, now, now is when you should welcome God into your life. Now, now, now is when you should become charitable. Now, now, now is when you should provide grace to all you meet. Turn, turn, turn, this is the season Oops, wrong song. But you get my drift.