This week at church, one of the readings was from the book of St. Matthew (8:20) Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
I can’t read that verse without thinking of Rich Mullins. I know that verse not from a Bible study or childhood memorization, but from the song “You Did Not Have a Home” from Rich Mullins. I owe so much to Rich Mullins. I think everyone knows the song “Awesome God” that he wrote and sang, but he was a gifted songwriter and performer with a huge library that is worth checking out. My mom bought me the album “The Jesus Record” for Christmas in 1998, and it is not an understatement to say his music changed my life. That particular album was done posthumously with the help of friends after he tragically died in a car accident. The story of the CD alone has it’s own Wiki page.
Anyway, this week I decided to dust off the old album and give it a listen. It’s been years since I played the music and it was interesting to soak in the words after such a long hiatus. Since Monday, it has been a constant soundtrack in the car, at home, and in my head. I’ve gone on a full scale Rich Mullins Your Tube tour and have enjoyed getting to know and appreciate him even more than I did before (I even found the song “If I Stand” …the lyrics leave me speechless)! Anyway, if you are looking for an album that brings profound insight into Scripture, coupled with catchy melodies, this will do it!:) I know I’m not alone either, just check out a few of the comments on Amazon. I personally like the Rich-only disc (the audio is very rough but I love it). This was meant to be a concept album on the life of Jesus Christ. Here is a bit of the record to check out.
One of my classic favorites is “That Where I Am, There You..”
Click here for “Hard to Get”. I like the lyric: ” You who live in radiance,
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin. We have a love that’s not as patient as Yours was, still we do love now and then.”
If you don’t know Rich (and perhaps even if you do) it’s an interesting read to check out his Wiki page. Some things I didn’t know about him and it was good to get the full story. We are blessed to have his music and the legacy he left behind.