Are you familiar with the song, “You Raise Me Up”? Irish novelist and composer Brendan Graham in 2002 wrote the lyrics to this song, and the song was made popular by singer Josh Groban.
This song has long been a favorite of mine. Today I want to invite you to read the words of the song but I want you to read them two different ways. The first time you read the lyrics through read them and focus on JESUS being the “you” in “You raise me up”.
Your Raise Me Up
When I am down and, oh my soul so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit a while with me.
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up…To more than I can be
Now let me ask you to read the same lyrics through again but this time with a new perspective. I want you to think of those Christian brothers and sisters that you meet with each week when you meet in Friendship Group Reunion or other small Christian, sharing groups. Think of those people as the ones who also raise you up. Re-read the lyrics with the “You” being all those people
You see, if we walk our journey of life following Christ and utilizing the Cursillo method of meeting weekly in these small groups and if we share with each other our piety, study and action, we have the opportunity for the Christ who dewlls in us to encounter the Christ who dwells in them. In other words, whenwe share with each other how we are communicating with God, and how God is both reveling Himself to us and revealing ourselves to us and we discuss how we are attempting to bring Christ to otherswe all raise each other up to places that, without Christ in our life, we could never be.
Like the first verse in the song, I can assure you that when we are down and our souls are weary, and when troubles come and our hearts are burdened, our brothers and sisters in Christ that we meet with each week have the opportunity to bring Christ to us. Furthermore, we know that when we encounter the Christ, present, alive and real in them, itwill in fact raise us up.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Thank you Lord Jesus, for the gift of my brothers and sisters that I meet with each week. Lord help them to reveal you to me and Lord help me also to reveal You to them so that together and through you we can raise each other up.