Between Redemption and the Pain

Last night I had the privilege of playing in a concert celebrating the release of an album by one of my best friends, Gordon Gregory. Given how busy I’ve been lately, I had told Gordon several months ago that I wouldn’t be able to devote the kind of practice time he would like leading up to the event. But I got a call from Gordon yesterday at 2pm; his bassist for the evening (also a friend of mine) had gotten food poisoning, and he needed a pinch-hitter.

So, as sorry I am that Mark got sick, I got the best deal: I didn’t have to practice, but I still got to play. It was a great night–quite a good crowd. And we’re all very pleased with how the CD turned out. It’s called Between Redemption and the Pain, and you can hear it here and on iTunes, I believe.

I’ve been playing with Gordon (and playing his songs) since first semester of freshman year–eight years ago. Since then, we’ve grown up, graduated, married excellent (older!) women, ministered in two different churches together, been coworkers in cubicles for the Man, and had cute sons. This CD reflects the musical, lyrical and spiritual growth in Gordon’s life during that time, much of which he has shared with me along the way.

Out of all the great songs on his CD, I think the one that affects me the most each time I hear it is Healed (see lyrics below). Gordon shared the song with me when he first wrote it two years ago; he had just experienced a death in the family, and certainly anyone who listens will identify with it immediately. To put it all Reformed-ish-like: he captures the tension between inaugurated and realized eschatology. We long for healing in our bodies, our relationships and our planet.

Maranatha.

Healed

It’s hard to find the right words to express the way I feel
How can God be called a healer, when He chooses not to heal
And the questions tend to linger in the recess of my heart
How can I begin to reconcile the sovereignty of God
But You remind me that my eyes can only see the smallest part
And that the glorious sunrise can only come after the dark

We will see a day when all our suffering will be redeemed
Where finite faith will be replace by sight
Where Your glory is revealed
In each relationship restored and every sickness finally healed

My faith can be quite fragile through the heartache and the pain
So keep sending me Your rainbows to remind me once again
That although this life is broken and the earth is stained with sin
You will bring a resurrection to a life that never ends
So now for those of us who dwell between redemption and the pain
Would You heal our broken hearts with the hope found in Your name

We will see a day when all our suffering will be redeemed
Where finite faith will be replace by sight
Where Your glory is revealed
In each relationship restored and every sickness finally healed

And even though they’re scarred, He still holds the world in His hands
So that those with broken hearts have someone who understands
The pain of separation but the joy of resurrection

We will see a day when all our suffering will be redeemed
Where finite faith will be replace by sight
Where Your glory is revealed
In each relationship restored and every sickness finally healed

Words and Music by G. Gordon Gregory III
© 2008, Biodegradable Music

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, exiled to the land of Phillies fans…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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