We sing many of Charlie Hall’s songs at Flatirons in our worship services. A few months ago we were fortunate enough to have Charlie come to Merge and lead worship, and sing some of his songs from his new record, The Bright Sadness. You may remember last year Brian sang a song called, “hookers and robbers” with the simple line, “come as you are” repeated in the chorus. As we’ve been journeying through stories of panic, shame, failure, doubt, fear, relational struggle, pain and loss I’ve been listening to this album more and more. Its quite clear that the songs on it are rooted in two places, the Bible and deeply personal experiences with God and “life”. Go download this album on Itunes and listen to it, I think you will learn and grow through it. It seems that whether we are talking about Elijah, Adam and Eve, Peter, Thomas, David, Jeremiah, Paul, or our own stories God has been faithful to us all in it all.

2 Corinthians 4:8-18

8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[b]With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak,14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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