“Even in the dark, you can still see the light. It’s gonna be alright.” Matt Maher singing these words from his song Hold Us Together (listen here) woke me up at 4:30 this morning. It’s Saturday!! Granted, it’s not just any Saturday. This is the first Saturday in May in Kentucky, and that can only mean one thing. The Run for the Roses, the Kentucky Derby! A very big deal around here, and festivities have been going strong for days all leading up to post time today when the three-year-old thoroughbreds will run the longest two minutes in sports.
Or is it the fastest? I forget, and it really doesn’t matter to me. I love to see the horses, and we always have a derby breakfast at work the day before. But I’ve never been to the derby or to Churchill Downs. I don’t know all the horses that are running, and I don’t have a derby hat.
As Kentuckians, the Run for the Roses pulls us together. Unites us in a way that other things can’t. Much like basketball in March, though in Kentucky that can polarize us a well. And isn’t that what every community needs? To be united by something? To be connected? That’s what makes us community. You can read all the lyrics here, but the chorus to the song in my head this morning goes…
And Love will hold us together
Make us a shelter to weather the storm
And I’ll be my brother’s keeper
So the whole world will know that we’re not alone.
Unity. That’s what Jesus prayed for in the garden. Unity in the body of believers. That Christians will be one in Him. And He said He is in God and God is in Him and they are One. And we know that God is perfect Love. LOVE will hold us together. They will know we are Christians by our Love. If we are going to be kept together, Love is the best way to do it! And maybe it’s loving others in the middle of the things that make us a community, like the Kentucky Derby or basketball.
I’ve been praying for the people in Arkansas this week after the tornadoes on Sunday, and I have read and heard so many stories about how that community has gathered together to weather the aftermath of the storm. In love and unity and faith. Holding each other up, being a “brother’s keeper” in all the chaos and loving on other people. Because if God is my Light, I can still see Him, even in the dark. It’s gonna be alright!