August 15, 2009

Encouraging Words 8/15/09-We Will Stand

I listened to this song a few days ago, and I was overwhelmed when I really paid attention to the lyrics which are posted below.

Sometimes it's hard for me to understand
Why we pull away from each other so easily,
Even though we're all walking the same road
Yet we build dividing walls between
Our brothers and ourselves.
But I, I don't care what label you may wear
If you believe in Jesus you belong with me.
The bond we share is all I care to see
And we'll change the world forever
If you will join with me,
Join and sing, sing,

You're my brother, you're my sister,
So take me by the hand
Together we will work until He comes.
There's no foe that can defeat us
When we're walking side by side.
So long as there is love,
We will stand.

The day will come when we will be as one,
And with a mighty voice together
we will proclaim that Jesus
Jesus is King.
It will echo through the earth;
It will shake the nations,
And the world will see,
See that you're my brother, you're my sister
So take me by the hand
Together we will work until He comes.
There's no foe that can defeat us
When we're walking side by side.
So long as there is love,
We will stand.

Take me by the hand,
Join with me.
Join and see - yeah.
You're my brother, you're my sister,
So take me by the hand.
Together we will work until He comes.
There's no foe that can defeat us
When we're walking side by side.
As long as there is love,
We will stand

My straight brothers and sisters, just think how strong our church, our faith could be if we reached across and took the hand of our GLBT brothers and sisters, not looking to condemn them because they are different than we are, but instead joining together with them to spread the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus that can save us all, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender!

My LGBT brothers and sisters, think how much better all of our lives would be if, when those hands are stretched out toward you, that you grasped them and lifted them up in the air to praise the God who made all of us, and who loves each and every person so much that he sent His son to die so that we could ALL have eternal life!

We need to stand together because otherwise we can fall apart.

Now enjoy Avalon performing "We Will Stand," and for those of you who will worship tomorrow, either at your church or virtually with us on this site, I encourage you to keep this song in mind and ask the Lord what you can do to make it a reality in your life, in that of your church, and in our severely fractured society.

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