I love the song, “I’ll Stand By You”. It was originally recorded in 1994 by The Pretenders and has been re-recorded several times throughout the years, very often for charity.
During our worship service on Sunday night, the confirmands and I reflected on being grounded in our faith and lifting up other people. We looked at a passage from 1 Thessalonians.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labour among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14
I love this passage – what a call! We are not only called to follow Jesus, but we are also called to lift up other people on their own journey to follow him as well. We spend so much time putting up walls, protecting ourselves, gossiping at the sake of others and taking the easy way out. We are called to do the opposite.
This song came to me immediately when I thought about the service. I initially thought about using Carrie Underwood’s version, but I came across the Glee recording and decided to go with that instead. There is something about Glee’s overall message that really resonates with me when I am working with the high schoolers.
During the service I reflected on the passage and then had the confirmands light candles, saying each time they lit a candle how they would lift people up. Once all of the candles were lit we sat back and listened to this song. When the song was over we said a closing blessing together.
Here is a recording of the song. Let me know what you think!