"How do you carry this sorrow
How do you know when to let go."
- From Is There No Way Back To You by Deacon Blue
On their brand new Top 20 record, Hipsters, this line leaped out the pastor in me as one of the best questions asked since Jesus asked the man by the pool, “Do you want to get healed?” Deacon Blue’s principle songwriter Ricky Ross has been as good a pastoral songwriter as anyone else, dealing with the sorrow that all of us will have to live through at some stage in our lifetimes. How we carry that sorrow and how we learn to let go of that sorrow will define us as human beings able to traverse a world that can be heartbreaking on a regular basis. If we carry our sorrow wrong or if we hold on to it and make it our identity, the reason we find other people’s attention, then healing, restoration and redemption will never arrive. If we can allow God to heal us it will perhaps sharpen the pain but will be our only hope of a way through. Paul wrote in Ephesians about putting off the old self and putting on the new self. There he was primarily interested in the mind but following Jesus is about that transformation in body, mind, heart and soul. The salvation that Jesus came to bring is about us becoming whole, emotionally and mentally as well as spiritually. It is about teaching us “when to let go.”