In Christ Alone
This is a guest post I (Guy) did for one of my new blogger friends, JR Forasteros. He’s a pastor in Dayton, OH and this post is a part of his ‘After Happily Ever After’ series. His blog is a great resource on faith and pop culture. Check out his blog and follow him on Twitter!
In the mid 1990s, the movie Jerry McGuire romanticized the notion of a soul mate — that one person that exists to “complete” us. Maybe you remember these infamous words that still conjure up feelings of desire, destiny, and fulfillment:
Jerry: Hello? Hello.
I’m lookin’ for my wife.
If this is where it has to happen, then this is where it has to happen.
I’m not letting you get rid of me. How about that?
This used to be my specialty. You know, I was good in a living room. They’d send me in there, and I’d do it alone. And now I just…
But tonight, our little project, our company had a very big night — a very, very big night.
But it wasn’t complete, wasn’t nearly close to being in the same vicinity as complete, because I couldn’t share it with you. I couldn’t hear your voice or laugh about it with you. I miss my — I miss my wife.
We live in a cynical world, a cynical world, and we work in a business of tough competitors.
I love you. You — complete me.
And I just had –
Dorothy: Shut up. Just shut up.
You had me at hello.
You had me at hello.
But I wonder if you’re just as familiar with the modern-day hymn, In Christ Alone, penned by composers Keith Getty and Stuart Townend? No? I think it’s one of the richest, most insightful songs of the new millennium for sure. Feel the weight and power of this first verse:
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
Incredibly moving in it’s own right!
But here’s the reality — only one of these two is truth, while the other a fairy tale.