“Let it be”

I recently was listening to an interview with Paul McCartney as he detailed some of the stories and contexts of songs he has written for the Beatles.  One of his more popular ballads is the song, “Let it be.”  I was intrigued to know that the reference to “mother Mary” was to his actual mother, named Mary, whom he did dream about and her words to him in his turmoil was “let it be.”   I had just assumed he was appealing to the Catholic teaching of praying to the mother Mary, which surely didn’t hinder sales.  McCartney shared how the dream brought comfort to him in a rocky season of his life and consequently the song comforted many in a troubled time of history not only in the late 60’s and early 70’s but also after 9/11.

As I listened to the lyrics again in light of this new information, I couldn’t help but hear the hope for redemption.   This redemption hope was the basis for peace and form the underpinnings for optimism in the midst of darkness and broken hearts.

And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the broken-hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let it be

For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be

Yet the song falls short in explaining our confidence that we can “Let it be.”  The assumption is that there is a wise power who is engaged, sufficiently powerful, and working on our behalf.  Yet we don’t have to live in assumption but in revelation.  Perhaps this next song makes explicit what is implicit.

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

 

What a day that will be when the broken-hearted people living in the world will see The One who saved them by His grace; When He takes them by the hand, and leads them through the Promised land, What a day, glorious day that will be.

Jarrod Scott

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