Modern Hymnal Candidate: ‘Lifted’ by Naughty Boy

One of the main tenets of my belief system is that the Divine is everywhere.

Everywhere.

But most especially that Divine truths are hidden in everyday places- especially pop culture.

And so, with that in mind, I would like to offer up candidates for songs that should be placed in a Modern Hymnal. (Or, a Hymnal for Modern Believers? Well, either way…)

Such songs should express some long-held or multi-faith-tested Truth.
But they should make you dance.
Or sing.
Or want to laugh as you spin in a circle under a tree on a sunny day.

They should rock your ears and your soul.

With those guidelines in place, I offer the first candidate for this new hymnal.

It is ‘Lifted’ by Naughty Boy, featuring Emilie Sande.

(Actually, I should say, everything from the U2 albums “Joshua Tree” and “Achtung Baby” have already been included in the hymnal. Oh, and this mantra [which will be one of those songs everyone knows the chorus to and mumbles through the verses! Anyway…].

I just love this song. It speaks to both the light and dark of spiritual journey. And I love the images- how we feel we are dancing alone, but we’re not. It’s just gorgeous to me.

What do you think? Does it make the cut?

What makes the cut in your personal hymnal?
Tell me in the comments!

 

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