Mud Pies

mudpies

I thought Barry did a great job last Sunday on his message, Don’t Love The World, to conclude our #death2selfie series at Graystone Church.  You can watch it here.  In his message, he mentioned the famous C.S. Lewis quote about “mud pies”.  I have to agree with old C.S., “We are far too easily pleased.”

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”  ― C.S. LewisThe Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses

I loved the end of Barry’s message, because he led us to the cross.  He shared that NO ONE is too far from the reach of God’s mercy and grace.  We say all the time at Graystone, “We’re not perfect.  We don’t expect you to be.”  None of us is perfect, and we ALL fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  When I hear a message on 1 John 2:15-17, it always reminds me of how sinful and selfish I am and how I am in need of a great Savior.

I thought “Come As You Are” (music video and lyrics below) was the perfect response song to this message.  I’m thankful that I could “come as I was” for the first time in July of 1986, and I’m thankful that I can “come as I am” EVERY DAY.  May we stop making mud pies in the slums and enjoy a holiday at the sea.  Oh, I love the beach.

Come As You Are Lyrics (by Crowder from the Neon Steeple album)

Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner, come kneel

Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal

So, lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer, come home
You’re not too far
So, lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures

Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t cure

Come as you are
Fall in His arms
Come as you are

There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner, be still

Earth has no sorrow
That Heaven can’t heal

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