Behind the Song: “All Things Together”

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This whole thing—and by that I mean all of creation, from the outermost galaxies to my kitchen table—swirls around a Jewish man from the first century. He was born of woman, was a refugee, was more or less homeless, and lived a relatively short life. But his presence on the planet all those years ago changed history, and I believe he was the incarnation of God himself.

He claimed to be so, after all, which means he was either crazy, or evil, or God in flesh. Paul wrote in Colossians that he was before all things, and in him all things hold together. John wrote that he was the Word that made the world. Peter ate with him after the resurrection and was among the crowd who watched him ascend. My hope, most of all, is that by the time you get to this song on the record, you have been reminded of his great power and love, and that you would confess that he is Lord, not just of your life, but of the cosmos. That’s it. And if you’re with me to that point, go ahead and let Resurrection Letters, Vol. 2 play, and be reminded right out of the gate that he makes all things new. Even the broken and weary ones like you and me.

You can pick up Resurrection Letters: Volume I in the Rabbit Room Store and listen to “All Things Together” here:

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


3 Comments

  1. Terry Kreutzkamp

    I can’t listen to this song without thinking of the chapter in Rob Bell’s “What is the Bible?” called Anakephalaiossathai – I thought for sure it was part of your inspiration.

  2. Danielle

    @danielle

    A mini physics lesson and a story:

    When Very Smart Physicists talk about atoms, they describe three particles that form them: Protons, Neutrons, and Electrons. Protons have a positive charge, Electrons a negative charge. (Neutrons are neutral). When it comes to charges, opposites attract, but likes repel. Electrons resist being next to electrons; protons resist getting too close to other protons. Think of trying to get the (+) ends of two magnets to sit next to each other. However, the core of all the atoms that make up all the things in the universe is a cluster of protons and neutrons. According to the “like repels like,” idea, this should be impossible.

    And yet it happens in supernovas and planets and the ocean and inside our bodies. The Very Smart Physicists can’t really explain it, but they call the thing that holds these Neutrons together Strong Nuclear Force, because they’re creative like that, and they think it’s the strongest attractive force in the universe.

    I am not a Very Smart Physicist, but I was once an undergraduate compelled to take terrible physics prerequisite courses (that actually keep turning out to have been very useful and necessary). When we got to atoms and protons and neutrons in these prerequisites, I, in a fit of exasperation over this unexplainable idea, threw up my hands and said, “Strong Nuclear Force is Jesus.” This was over a decade ago, and it’s not something I’ve thought much about in the intervening years, but the first time I heard “All Things Together,” I thought, “strong nuclear force.”

    And so the Heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Even (especially), in theoretical physics.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Kara

    @karajanechase

    I’ve had a personal relationship with Christ since I was a child, but while listening to this song yesterday I had never felt He was so personally involved with me, in me, all of me, for Himself.  Who am I? He is so good.

    I hear the musical themes in this song link the listener to the next album. Nice.

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