It’s Bigger Than Us

May 15, 2019 · Print This Article

It’s Eurovision time again! Time to relax on the sofa for a cultural overdose of music from people we’ve never heard of, dressed in clothes we’d never wear. Tel Aviv has already treated us with some Icelandic punk and Polish folk from the first semi-finals, yesterday.

Saturday night we get to see our very own entry. Brit Michael Rice is going to be banging out a ballad for our enjoyment. Look a bit closer and the wise will notice a familiar face from the 2014, X Factor! The question is, can he match the success of 1997 with the unforgettable ‘Love Shine a Light’?

In fact, Katrina and the Waves might have something in common with our new lad. He’s singing about love, too. Never change a winning formula, I guess!

Called ‘It’s Bigger Than Us,’ Michael is singing about this four-letter word. Not a bad song, Michael! I even like the sentiment: “I won’t give up, and I won’t let go, ‘cause this kind of love is gonna be our only hope.”[1] Then comes a key change and we are away. But I wonder what kind of love will be our only hope?

The kind of love I devour a Dominio’s pizza with? Or, the feeling I get when someone does something nice for me? Or, the love I have for others when I’m feeling that all is right in my life?

I know, with me, that kind of love often fails in more tricky times. Like when the giving of a countries’ ‘douze point’ is more about political point scoring than the quality of the performance. Or, when I hear a contestant sing about something I don’t like. If my love for others so often fails in trivial circumstances, what kind of love can be humans’ only hope?

Perhaps the hope that love can really give us is found in what many say is its greatest description; a passage that is often read at weddings. What do you think about this?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”[2]

Love is…bigger than us. It holds us together. It sees us through the tough times. It pulls us beyond ourselves. Beyond our divisions. Beyond the natural. It transcends us, pulling us up to the divine.

This Eurovision, let’s say to each other, our family, our friends, our community, “I won’t give up, and I won’t let go, ‘cause this kind of love is gonna be our only hope.”

Notes:

[1] https://genius.com/Michael-rice-bigger-than-us-lyrics

[2] The Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIVUK)

[Picture: Wikicommons, MateuszFret1998]

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