Spring 2019 :

Question about hope – when hope and history don’t rhyme

HOW do we deal with hope in a world where often “hope and history won’t rhyme”?

We can be honest with God – always. We learn this from the Psalms. We are learning to pray from the Psalms. How do we deal with broken promises?  Is there / will there really be “peace on earth”? This is like lament as part of our worship.

–> see Psalm 89 – especially verses 38-51.

Another version of those verses could be: Hey God! I think you’re wonderful, but… remember those amazing promises you made us??? WHY AREN’T YOU KEEPING THEM!!! Praise you! Love, Ethan. (Bruxy Cavey)

Peace on Earth: song by U2

Heaven on earth We need it now I’m sick of all of this Hanging around
Sick of sorrow Sick of pain Sick of hearing again and again That there’s gonna be Peace on earth

Where I grew up There weren’t many trees Where there was we’d tear them down
And use them on our enemies They say that what you mock Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster So the monster will not break you

And it’s already gone too far Who said if you go in hard You won’t get hurt?

Jesus can you take the time To throw a drowning man a line? Peace on earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound Whose sons are living in the ground Peace on earth
No whos or whys  No-one cries like a mother cries For peace on earth
She never got to say goodbye To see the color in his eyes Now he’s in the dirt Peace on earth

They’re reading names out over the radio All the folks the rest of us won’t get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth, Ann and Brenda Their lives are bigger than any big idea

Jesus, can you take the time To throw a drowning man a line? Peace on earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound Whose sons are living in the ground Peace on earth

Jesus, in the song you wrote The words are sticking in my throat Peace on earth
Hear it every Christmas time But hope and history won’t rhyme
So what’s it worth? This peace on earth
Peace on earth Peace on earth Peace on earth

by Dave Evans Adam Clayton Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

excerpts from some comments about this song by U2: https://songmeanings.com/songs/view/36931/

this song continues U2’s traditional concern about the violence in [Northern Ireland] region. It also ties into their deep Christian faith mingled with extreme impatience with God (e.g. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” or “Wake Up Dead Man”). Wars continue around the world even to the present day and God, for whatever reason, hasn’t seen fit to put an end to them… The names Bono reads out were some of the 20 plus victims of the [1998]bombing – [Brenda Devine, aged 20 months; Sean McLaughlin, 12;  Julia Huges, 21; Gareth Conway, 18; Ann McCombe, 48]… This is, in my opinion, U2’s deepest song. It is the opposite of what people would think of it by hearing the title. It is actually a bitter song about how our world is in disarray and unless we do something about it, or as the person above said-if God saves us, we cannot achieve peace.