Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Ragamuffin's Story

“We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.” 
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

My husband and I just finished watching the "Ragamuffin" movie, a biopic of Rich Mullins life.  It was good…very good in fact, surprising good even to someone like me often jaded by the generally poor quality of Christian filmmaking.  Yes, there were some problems, like characters who didn't age like they would in real life.  I liked that movie wasn't afraid to show the artist's flaws as well as his strengths.  He loved God and was deeply loved by God, reason enough to tell his life's story.  "The Love of God" is a personal favorite of mine.
The Love of God - Rich Mullins
There's a wideness in God's mercy
I cannot find in my own
And He keeps His fire burning
To melt this heart of stone

Keeps me aching with a yearning
Keeps me glad to have been caught
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God

Now, I've seen no band of angels
But I've heard the soldiers' songs
Love hangs over them like a banner
Love within them leads them on

To the battle on the journey
And it's never gonna stop
Ever widening their mercies
And the fury of His love

Oh, the love of God and oh
The love of God, the love of God

Joy and sorrow are this ocean
And in their every ebb and flow
Now, the Lord a door has opened
That all hell could never close

Here I'm tested and made worthy
Tossed about but lifted up
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God

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