The other night our youth minister shared a message in which he talked about the power of love. He referenced the U2 song Window in the Skies which talks about the beauty and wonder of what love can do in the world. I was struck by this particular line:
The grave is now a groove.
For Christians, we’re familiar with the notion of love overcoming the grave. But something about hearing those particular words in this particular season is still resonating with me days later.
The Psalmist wrote, “You have turned my mourning to dancing” (Psalm 30:11). In other words, God can turn our sadness into joy, our despair into hope, our grave into a groove.
Our world feels dark these days, and mourning seems to be the general state of things. There is a heaviness that is hard to shake. I’m thinking about Texas. I’m thinking about Charlottesville. I’m thinking about the refugee crisis. I’m thinking about all those who feel rejected, discriminated against, and marginalized. And it feels like too much.
Maybe you’ve felt it, too. Maybe you feel it on a more personal level. Maybe it’s an illness or the loss of a loved one that’s weighing on your heart. Maybe it’s a relationship that’s slowly breaking you. Maybe it’s the pressure to always do more, be more. Maybe you just feel tired.
It’s easy, these days, to feel like all there is and all there will be is mourning. But the story of God reminds us to look and remember what love can do. Love can change hearts, mend relationships, heal pain. Love is a force bigger than hate, and love doesn’t run out. Because of love the grave doesn’t get to have the last word.
From grave to groove. Look what love can do, indeed. Look what God can do.