“That Wasn’t Me”

Ps. 63:11b

-.- the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped. -.-

There’s a song on the radio that stopped me in my tracks:  Brandi Carlile’s “That Wasn’t Me.”   Ponder these lines:

I’m not asking you to move on or forget it

But these are better days

To be wrong all along and admit it

Is not amazing grace

But to be loved like a song you remember

Even when you’ve changed

On first listen I missed the importance:

To be WRONG ALL ALONG and admit it, [that] is not amazing grace; but [what is amazing grace is] to be loved…  even when you’ve changed.

She’s right.  For somebody to be wrong as wrong can be—for a very long time—and finally admit it, maybe that’s amazing.

-.- the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped -.-

But admitting error is not grace.  (Side Bar: it’s probably because of grace.)

But after years of being wrong…

-.- the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped. -.-

And finally admitting it, and then to be loved—now that is grace.

[ A moment for each of us to consider and pray:  LORD, show me where I have been wrong all along! ]

Forgive me if you read this song differently; I’m employing my interpretive prerogative; when it comes to art, there are no wrong answers.

The chorus goes on to list past wrongs done, and she adds this:

Whatever you see, that wasn’t me.

This brings to mind that old diary I found yesterday: Whatever you see, that wasn’t me [who I am today].  I don’t remember much of the 70s, but I knew to start by reading silently.  After the family heard a few laughs (and GASPS!), I decided to start sharing.  But not without a preface: I held up the little book and said, “The person who wrote this… is DEAD!”  How apropos that yesterday I would hear that song:  Whatever you see, that wasn’t me.

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