So that My Students Might See the Light . . .

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At the end of a calendar year, Spotify gives you your own personal ‘Year In Review’ of the music you listened to during the year. This December, I learned that I had listened to about 89,000 minutes of music during 2017. If you do the math, this comes out to be about 4 hours per day. (I know) this is a lot of music. However, one of the most important musical moments came very late in the year.

Music is all about timing. “Yahweh” by U2 (which had been out for about 12 years) randomly came on while I was grading during the last Thursday of the Fall semester at Regis Jesuit High School (Denver, CO).   Being an avid U2 fan, I had seen this song but had never really listened closely. It randomly came on while I was grading the last Physics test of the semester and it knocked me right over the head.  The song reminded me of the mission in my heart for this ASC year and, perhaps, for years to come:  to bring those in my classroom closer to Jesus.  Not as an overly-pious, unreachable being. But, rather, someone who desires to be near and intrinsically woven into our daily lives. Someone who desires to be as near to us as a best friend.

I played the song a few times while I ran home to the ASC house that day, and I had to stop a few times to think and pray in thanksgiving for the song.  How blessed was I to hear this at this moment; at a moment when I was struggling to see positivity in my students and in myself as a teacher.  To be reminded of a desire to find a nearness to God, so that my students might also desire the same thing.

In the song, Bono calls out, in a very emotional way, for God to replace all of the desires of the world to be replaced with a desire for Him.

I pray that I may always desire a nearness to God, so that my students might see the light. Amen.

Lyrics

‘Yahweh’ by U2 

Album:  How to Destroy An Atomic Bomb (2005)

Take these shoes
Click clacking down some dead end street
Take these shoes
And make them fit
Take this shirt
Polyester white trash made in nowhere
Take this shirt
And make it clean, clean
Take this soul
Stranded in some skin and bones
Take this soul
And make it sing

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, Yahweh
Still I’m waiting for the dawn

Take these hands
Teach them what to carry
Take these hands
Don’t make a fist
Take this mouth
So quick to criticise
Take this mouth
Give it a kiss

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahewh, Yahweh
Still I’m waiting for the dawn

Still waiting for the dawn, the sun is coming up
The sun is coming up on the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean
This love is like a drop in the ocean

Yahweh, Yahweh
Always pain before a child is born
Yahweh, tell me now
Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city
A city should be shining on a hill
Take this city
If it be your will
What no man can own, no man can take
Take this heart
Take this heart
Take this heart
And make it break

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