Required Listening: Jars of Clay, Good Monsters
This album just speaks to me. The lyrics are so deep and rich, and even though it’s a 2006 album, I still listen to it so often.
Listen to this, especially appropriate as we rush headlong towards the Easter weekend, here’s a little reminder of what the idea is behind this Easter thing:
There is a river that washes you clean
There is a tree that marks the places you’ve been
Blood that was spilled, although not your own,
For all of your tears, are the wages for things you have done
And all of those nights
Spent alone in the darkness of your mind
Give it up, Let go
These are things you were never meant to shoulder
(‘There Is A River’, Jars of Clay)
If you’re someone that’s a little unsure of christian people - if you aren’t sold on this whole religion thing, if you see hypocrisy or hate or anything you don’t agree with, I ask you to rather ignore that - look past it, look to the person they call the Good News. Those lyrics up there are what it’s all about. Remember that all those people that are representing Jesus in this world - they’re just people, messed-up, broken people like everyone else. Plenty of issues!
But don’t let that detract from the message - and the message is that Jesus wants to meet you. He wants to be with you. Go to Him, He’s so very good.
The album is full of of these type of lyrics. I think there’s a richness of theology there that’s just a pleasure to listen to.
Seriously, go on and have a listen to it, it’s a good one!
Go and download the album from iTunes here:
…or if you don’t have an iTunes account:
…or if you want to go old skool and buy the CD, look for one that looks like this: