A very powerful and beautiful Christian/Gospel song was released this year by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton. It is called “There Was Jesus.”

We so often search for direction and answers to life’s ever emerging problems, issues, and decisions in inadequate, superfluous places when, always, Jesus was there.

No doubt, there are dark, disturbing moments:

  1. A relationship that we treasured that became hurtful, abandoned or destructive despite our greatest efforts.
  2. The physical, mental, or emotional deterioration of a loved one despite our every effort to alleviate the pain and suffering.
  3. Phenomena beyond our human ability to understand such as a pandemic or natural disaster, and why bad things happen to good people.

And yet, these afflictions and challenges are certainly not new to humanity. In our PWC Reading yesterday we heard:

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.” 2 Corinthians 4: 8-10.
Also, next week we will hear:
“Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions of gratitude. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will stand guard over your hearts and minds, in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7.

“There Was Jesus” proclaims:

In the waiting in the searching
In the healing and the hurting
Like a blessing buried in the broken pieces
Every minute every moment
Of where I been or where I’m going
Even when I didn’t know it
Or couldn’t see it
There was Jesus
Always is and always was
No I never walk alone
There was Jesus.

It is sometimes said that the only constant is change. I believe that the only true constant is Jesus.