Saturday, October 6, 2012

31 Days of Simple, But Beautiful Things - Faith

The Faith of a Child is a Simple, But Beautiful Thing


“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’”
Matthew 19:14

I had an interesting chat with my dentist the other day. We were talking about the faith of a child…how innocent, pure, and strong their faith can be. How even sometimes in the face of illness and death, kids can be so sure of heaven and God. It’s like they see something we can no longer see as we age. Something clear and beautiful; a spiritual simplicity and clarity we seem to lose somewhere along the journey of life.

Through the conversation, I was reminded of a CD I’ve been listening to over and over again as I drive. It’s by Matthew Smith, a young Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand-new music to centuries-old hymn texts. 

What a great concept…remixing or “reimagining” old hymns. Matthew is part of a whole community of musicians called Indelible Grace who are committed to this marriage of traditional and modern music.

I went to hear Matthew sing a few weeks ago and I’m so thankful I did. I’d never heard him before. His voice is strong, clear, and passionate.

One of the songs I can’t stop listening to is Goodnight. Like the faith of a child and the clarity of Matthew Smith’s music, there is something so profound in the words. They are simple, but beautiful.

I go to see His glory, whom we have loved below:
I go, the blessed angels, the holy saints to know.
Our lovely ones departed I go to find again
And wait for you to join us—goodnight, goodnight till then.

I’d love you to hear this. Just go here: http://matthewsmith.us/music and click on #9, Goodnight. I promise it will be worth your few minutes. (And of course if you like this awesome song, consider buying the CD!) Enjoy!

Let me know what you think. And please share your Simple, But Beautiful Thought, Moment, Story today.

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