A some friends of mine recently gave me a new album, new for me. Mockingbird by Derek Webb was recorded in 2005. The first 4 lines of the following song captured me.
A King & A Kingdom
who’s your brother, who’s your sister
you just walked passed him
i think you missed her
as we’re all migrating to the place where our father lives
’cause we married in to a family of immigrants
my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man
my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood
it’s to a king & a kingdom
there are two great lies that i’ve heard:
“the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die”
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him
but nothing unifies like a common enemy
and we’ve got one, sure as hell
but he may be living in your house
he may be raising up your kids
he may be sleeping with your wife
oh no, he may not look like you think
Those 4 lines inspired this page in my hymnal. Whether or not this is what Derek meant, they speak to me of the invisibleness of need of relationships within our Christian family. The need is invisible because we don’t look, not because it cannot be seen.
This page is now a visual reminder to step out of my comfortable relationships, to be bold and daring, to seek out the needs of others, to make new friends who are very different from me, to look into the hearts of the family that God has placed around me rather than looking at their outward appearance and walking on.
I don’t want to walk past him; I don’t want to miss her. I am willing, Lord, to have my eyes opened.