“In time this won't even matter
This chapter will be long on the grass
And we'll talk about everything til it's easier
Your beauty is nothing compared to what
You will become
You will become
You will become in time become”
- From You Will Become by Glen Hansard
One Sunday a few years ago, my then assistant Jonathan Abernethy-Barkley placed this song perfectly between the Scripture passages of John 10 and Ephesians 3. Performed brilliantly by Dave Thompson and Peter Greer it opened a door in the soul between Jesus words, “I have come to bring you life and life in all its fullness,” and Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians that they “may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”.
Hansard had probably no intention of finding his song being used perfectly in Christian worship services but it really has, what I would call, deep prophetic stimulations of pastoral care and hopefulness.
I used the song before on the Sunday that I was using the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast to share the truth of God’s loving grace. It is the greatest news of all time that God loves us at the very worst of our ugliness as exactly how we are. It is a wonderfully revolutionary message when we hear it under the pressures of the culture we live in. The movie goes on to tell us that being loved as we are is not the end. The Beast starts to become beautiful when he knows he is loved as he is. And so with God. He loves us as we are and loves us so much that he will love us into the full potential of who we could become.
As you can see Hansard’s song was a perfect, summing up of the sermon in that beautiful, poignant – “Your beauty is nothing compared to what you will become.” Hearing it sung in the context of worship is even more spiritual still!
I am speaking on John 10 tomorrow morning (24.9.17) and might now have to squeeze this quote in.