God and The Beatles

I’ve heard it said that “Here comes the Sun” was actually given to the Beatles by God. Where that idea comes from, I don’t know – George Harrison himself said he wrote it in Eric Clapton’s backyard, as he watched a cloud pass across the Sun, forgetting for a moment about the stresses of fame and business.

The idea would be completely laughable to me – the divine origin idea, I mean – if not for the fact that so many people, after having a religious experience, associate it with this song. Long before I knew him, my future husband was somewhere wiping the dust from his Beatles CD as he prayed, a new creature in Christ. And when I became a Christian,  it was on the first mixed MP3 CD that I made. I often imagined that the line “Here comes the Sun” was really “Here comes the SON”, coming for the first time to shine into my life.
One person summed it up quite nicely on the website songmeanings.com:

“I can’t stop listening to this song lately.
I am going through a huge spiritual awakening. After years of addiction, self will and turning my back on God, I have finally let him into my life. And He is working miracles.

This song captures it all for me. After that long, cold, dark spiritual winter – the sun (Son?) is finally peeking through. I feel that ice is slowly melting. It feels like years since it’s been here. The warmth, the hope, the optimism – all returning like Spring after a cold winter. After all the years of worry, anxiety, self-will, resentment, anger, fear – I have turned my life over to God. And – like George Harrison said – I finally feel like “it’s allright”.”

Personally, the song reminds me a lot of Luke 1:78, a passage foretelling the coming of Christ:

“because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven”

How much God loved us to send His Son into the world, to forever thaw the cold darkness of Winter from our hearts!

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This is also a good time to mention that there’s a YouTube Playlist I’ve built as I’ve made this blog. It’s my own collection but it’s actually accessible to the public. Just go to YouTube.com and type in 10forJesus.com as your search. Sometimes it will be the first search result, sometimes you will get a note “searching for 10 for Jesus. Search instead for” and you’ll click the words 10forjesus.com. It has all the songs referenced in this blog, a lot of religious music, some more general love songs, and some songs I was listening to right about the time I accepted Jesus into my life. If you’re opposed to secular music, you’ll want to stay away from this one because it does contain a lot of secular music. But over the years there’s been a lot of songs the Lord and I have sung back and forth to each other that weren’t exactly “worship” music — especially at the beginning, when I didnt know as many Christian songs yet. I’d have to drop some of the lyrics, of course, that were too specifically about romantic love between human beings. For example, I have the song “Head Over Feet” by Alanis Morisette. I sang that to God when I was less than 24 years old in Christ, stretched out on my couch. While not everything in the song fits – some of it’s a bit crude – lyrics like

“You are the bearer of unconditional things

You held your breath and the door for me

Thanks for your patience”

And “you’ve already won me over in spite of me”

just seemed to sum up that first day so well for me.

God Bless You, and have a good weekend.

Love,

Morgan Hart

Love Letters to God

Sometimes I write love letters to God. They’re intensely personal, so much so that I often have to stop halfway and go play Candy Crush or something… I don’t know where the exact line of how much emotion I can handle lies, but I’ve definitely hit it a few times. This time, I decided to allow others to read.

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Jesus, my Lord, it makes me so happy to think that someday we’ll read this together in Your Presence in Heaven. I.LOVE.YOU.SO.MUCH.

I cannot believe how accepting and uncondemning You have been to me; how You work all the things in me, good and bad, to the greater good; how You walk with me, and continuously teach me, but only when the time is right to learn it; how You cover my weaker judgement with Your love, and my sins with Your suffering… Jesus, it is crystal clear that You died for me. I cannot imagine the kind of fear and claustrophobia of having instruments of torture pierce my body, violating my space and rejecting my personhood. I see nails, Lord, but You knew them intimately.

Lord Jesus, bless everyone who reads this blog, and bless the people who find it. I don’t deserve any fame, Lord Jesus, but please, allow these words to let people who are hurting find their way to greater intimacy with YOU. Let it bring in the people who need most to hear it, when they need to hear it.

God, there’s a lot I don’t understand about life, and a lot I’m still angry about — even at You… But I think a day is coming when I’ll sit beside You with a warm blanket around us both, and gently touch the nail holes in Your hands, and not give a dang about anything that happened before You.

Amen.

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For those looking for more information on becoming a Christian, I recommend peacewithgod.net.

For those without access to a Bible, I recommend Biblegateway.com, a free site with multiple online translations.