Sometimes I think I should make “Friday Night Video” a regular feature here on Hypergraffiti. Maybe I don’t see one video a week that really touches me, but this one did.
OK, I’ve been kicking around Christian music (mostly as a listener, certainly not as a performer!) since the early 80s, and I know it’s not that cool to like Amy Grant anymore, but I don’t care; I still like her. This song, and the video, really hit me.
Not only do I love the lyrics, but I have to say I’m a sucker for videos with little stories in them. I know sometimes in Christian music and even more in country music videos they’re kind of sentimental, and this one would be downright sappy except — there’s no hint of a happy ending. Just this guy sitting alone with his brokenness and the realization of what he threw away. And that’s what the song’s about: how the place God really meets us is in our honesty and brokenness and pain. Moreso than in any polished prayer or praise service.
Beautiful, the mess we are/ The honest cries of breaking hearts/ Are better than a hallelujah sometimes
More and more, that’s what I believe about faith. Where we are — where we really are — is where God is.
Shabbat Shalom and all that. Be honest and broken and beautiful … you are loved.