Christian Radio Redeemed!

I can’t believe it, but it is true. One line from one song has temporarily redeemed Christian radio for me: “Late have I loved you.”

Yes, that is right. There is a song played on KLOV which references St. Augustine’s Confessions. Here is the full excerpt for Augustine.

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you. You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

The song was written by Matt Maher, who is known for composing “Your Grace is Enough” which was made popular by Chris Tomlin. Now this song that I heard, Alive Again, is basically structured around this excerpt, which is read on the feast day of Saint Augustine.

Oh, did I mention that Matt Maher is Catholic. Yes! A song that was written as a reflection from the reading on the feast day of Saint Augustine is now at TOP 20 song on KLOV. Incredible! Christian Radio can be redeemed.

Here are all the lyrics, not sentimental or poorly crafted, well written and drawing from the ancient traditions of the church.

Alive Again

I woke up in darkness ?Surrounded by silence ?
Oh where, oh where have I gone? ?
I woke to reality Losing its grip on me ?
Oh where, where have I gone? ?
‘Cause I can see the light ? Before I see the sunrise

You called and You shouted ?
Broke through my deafness ?
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out ?
I’m alive again ?
You shattered my darkness ?
Washed away my blindness ?
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
?I’m alive again ?

Late have I loved You ,?You waited for me, I searched for You ?
What took me so long? ?
I was looking outside ?As if Love would ever want to hide ?
I’m finding I was wrong
?? ‘Cause I feel the wind ? Before it hits my skin ?

You called and You shouted ?
Broke through my deafness ?
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
?I’m alive again ?
You shattered my darkness ?
Washed away my blindness ?
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out ?
I’m alive again