Five-Minute Friday {when}

When will you be home?

When can you call?

When will you grow up?

When will the pain stop?

When will my prayers be answered?

When do we need to leave?

When do you get the test results?

When are you going to change?

When am I going to change?

And Van Morrison sings the words, “when will I ever learn to trust in God?”

The numbers on the clock seem to creep at an agonizingly slow pace when we ask, when?ย 

“When we’ve been there 10,000 years, brightย shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”


That’s his favorite verse of the old hymn we sing every week at the close of our community worship.

It’s a progression like those good old hymns are. Theology set to music and words we sing as a sending out of these men who have asked, “when will I stop the cycle of addiction, of abuse?”

The first line reminds us of this amazing grace that make the blind see in that metaphorical way. Make us see, Lord, make us see your love for us.

We sing on and the pause comes, the pause before the last verse when he says, This is my favorite. I want to see you there, singing into eternity, singing praise to God.

When we see God, acknowledge his presence and claim that He Is God, when we love him and accept his love for us, when can be now.

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21 thoughts on “Five-Minute Friday {when}

  1. Farin Vazquez (@FarinVazquez) says:

    I’m with you on the old- theologically rich hymns from long ago. None of this new music really stirs my heart, with a few exceptions (such as the Getty’s and other congregational, non-jam session songs). Hope you have a wonderful Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debby says:

      I actually like some of the newer songs. I’m a big fan of David Crowder though his aren’t sung in community so much. I do think lyrically many are lacking. We try to combine both in our services because we serve a community with such diverse church backgrounds, many of them having none. Music can preach more than the spoken word at times. Thanks for stopping by Farin.

      • Debby says:

        If we had a live band…..the times we do seems to bring the words closer to my heart. We have a wonderful volunteer to play piano for us every Sunday, but at 80+ she told me she can’t play the new songs. The men love her and her faithful service is a huge witness to them. But I want it ALL! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sheila says:

    Love this post! Yes, “when?” is a question that seems to be never completely answered! I love the old hymns, but I really like many newer praise songs as well. Thank you for the inspiring words this morning! ~ Sheila

    • Debby says:

      Sheila, I think my favorites might be the old hymns played with electric guitars. A more modern music with the weight of the old words. Guess I just want it all!

    • Debby says:

      This makes me think of the season we’ve just entered and how when we have the Passover Meal the statement will be said, “come quickly, Lord Jesus”. But our quick and his….well, it his time is unknown but best. Thanks Cindy.

  3. Anita Ojeda says:

    Amen! “When can be now!” I remember hearing about an atheist who accused a believe that Christianity was all “pie in the sky by and by.” And the Christian replied, “Yes, but it’s also a piece on the plate while we wait.”

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