Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Easter Sunday, April 12

Dean Keith

Hurtin’ by Cody Johnson

“I said Lord can’t you give an ol’ boy a break. You said you wouldn’t give me more than I can take, but this ol’ world can sure rattle your faith sometime.”

 

This is a song that has spoken to me throughout different parts of my life, especially the older I get and the more seems to pile on my shoulders. Everyone has their own burdens. Family, friends, bills, debt, work; all of these things pile up and leave us feeling that there is too much for us to be able to handle.

 

These simple lyrics remind me to always look to Christ. When I feel the weight of this world, when I feel that I am getting overwhelmed, I know that it is a time to take some time, reflect on what is important, and realize that many of the things I am facing are only temporary. Not only will these things come to pass, this world as a whole will also pass, and the promise of a life after death is the blessing we will receive for handling these burdens.

 

Lent is often seen as a time of darkness. If you take the time to find this song, you will find that it is dark as well. It references pain and struggle. It speaks about the days we have all had, where we question if we want to keep going. At one point, there is a break and you hear the struggle as the singer even questions if he wants to continue living.

 

The line above is what follows this. It reminds me that there is someone to turn to in all of those hard times. God is listening as we pray, even if we do not see the effects. But for every hard day, for every time when it is difficult to keep going, there is a new day just beyond that. There is a light that shines, and there is always something that is worth it in the end.

 

We “celebrate” this season of Lent in dark ways. We are taught to remember our own mortality. We are shown the wickedness of our lives. We are shown the cost of our sin.

 

But at the end of all of this pain, all of this suffering, there is new life. After we have gone through the hard times, we get to celebrate. We hear trumpets, we sing joyous songs, and we shout “Hallelujah.” We are shown that for every dark time, for every hardship we face, there is always something ahead that will be worth the struggle, worth those hard times. And in those times when our world feels like too much, say a prayer, and believe that the Lord is watching over you, even in the darkest of times.

 

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

 


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