When the first strum comes in on this song, my attention is drawn....
and then these lyrics. This is the very word, the bread, my soul needs to live:
"I am tangled up in contradiction
I am strangled by my own two hands
I am haunted by the hounds of addiction
This is the song, the word for why I am a Christian.
Matt and I have deeply delighted in this song, Hosanna, and this whole album Resurrection Letters Volume II from the greatly enjoyed Andrew Peterson. If you're looking for a gift to give, I can't think of a better one....
Plenty of friends have told me, tried to encourage me, that I don't need to focus so much on my sin. I don't need to worry about it. I'm really not so bad.... just look at how good I want to be. That's good!
But that doesn't save me. My sin is a reality. I know it. My kids know it. My husband and the neighbors I pass by when I'm late. And it's not ok. It doesn't just evaporate. God is holy and this is not. I am not.
But.... Salvation! It is coming and not from within me. Salvation that is flawless, changeless (how often am I at all like that?) is sure and promised and living and true. Salvation has come! (Merry Christmas!)
Since Hosanna isn't Enlish... it's worth sharing what the word is about: