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Matt the Electrician’s Exploration of Virtue

Matt the Electrician’s latest album is a reminder of why we need poets. After recently losing his mother and a fellow musician, he reflects on the theme of death in multiple songs. In a culture that attends funerals on Facebook and often avoids the subject of death, Matt’s words are an important reminder to us all. No matter how much we try, we must all deal with death and eventually face it ourselves.

The other theme on the album is virtue. The opposites of the seven deadly sins are identified and explored in song. The result is an album of depth that demands repeated listening.

In Home Again, the two themes meet. The song opens by exploring some of the experiences surrounding death. In the shadow of death, every day can seem like a miracle because we recognize the brevity of life. We treasure each moment, knowing we are not guaranteed tomorrow. The problem is that we don’t often come to this realization until after we lose a loved one. The poets help because they continually remind us of the preciousness of life.

In difficult times, perseverance is a needed virtue. The chorus reminds us of this.

If you’re gonna be here now
you better take a deep breath
If you’re gonna stick it out
it’s gonna take some good work

We are living in a time when people are walking away. They are walking away from careers, relationships, church, communities, etc. Why? Because we live in difficult times. What is needed and what is virtuous in times like these is perseverance. It is easy to walk away. It is easy to say, “I’m done.” It is virtuous to persevere amid the storm.

The final line of the chorus sticks with us because it is full of honesty.

Wonder if the wandering will ever bring you home again

Perseverance in troubling times often feels like wandering. We don’t know how it will all play out. We don’t always have clear answers. All we know to do is keep going. We may not like this feeling or image, but it is a deeply Christian one. Hebrews 11:8-10 says Abraham “went out, not knowing where he was going…For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations whose designer and builder is God.” Many times Abraham wondered if the wandering would ever bring him home, and yet he kept going. He kept wandering, and God kept showing up.

I don’t know what you are facing. It could be the death of a loved one, sickness, depression, confusion, fatigue, or something else. What I do know is there is a reason perseverance is a virtue. Do not give up. Keep going. God is faithful.

Click here to listen to Home Again.

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