Are You Listening? Thank You by Jay Enrile


Thank You is an unprecedented toast to every suffering, every crushed dream, every obstacle and temptation that once tripped us down. While these are not the things we are programmed to celebrate, this ever-so-beautiful song, written and performed by Jay Enrile, causes us to rethink our usual response to them. It opens our eyes to see the hidden grace waiting to be found in every ‘dark and dirty place’ we are brought to in this lifetime.

By this song I am reminded of one of my all-time favorite books in the Bible—the Book of Hosea. The story begins when God asks Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer, despite foreseeing her possible unfaithfulness in the years to come, as a depiction of God’s relationship with the adulterous nation of Israel. If you read through the narrative, you will find that we are Gomer and as well, we are Israel. We fail God and break His heart again and again, and thankfully it never ends there. The highlight of this story isn’t just the redemption found towards the end, but—at least for me—the groundbreaking discovery that God actually willfully and deliberately gets in our way, brings us to the desert and strips us naked—only to romance us again and bring us to restoration. That’s our God. He isn’t all fluffy and happy and safe. Instead, He is righteous as He is just, and is always, always driven by love. He breaks down people because they need to be rebuilt—because that’s the only way they get to be saved.

I see this song as a humbling reminder that good things don’t always come to us nicely wrapped with glitters and a bow. Most times, the truly good things in life come in the form of a flicker of light in vast darkness, in a particularly small hope amidst debilitating trials, in the painful discipline of a parent to his child, and in a beaten, crucified body for the salvation of mankind.

As the book of Hosea ends:

The Lord says,
“Then I will heal you of your faithlessness;
my love will know no bounds,
for my anger will be gone forever.
I will be to Israel
like a refreshing dew from heaven.
Israel will blossom like the lily;
it will send roots deep into the soil
like the cedars in Lebanon.
Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees,
as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon.
My people will again live under my shade.
They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines.
They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.

(devotional by Denise Cua)


Thank you for emptiness, thank you for rage
Thanks for confusion and the labyrinth it’s made
Thanks for denial, thank you for lust
Thanks for rejection and all the hurts from those I trust

Thank you that I haven’t heard the sweetest sound
Because I know
It’s the only way my knees will scrape the ground

Thanks for depression and not wanting to live
Thanks for the nights when I had nothing left to give
Thanks for allowing my world to cave in
I had a life without you that was colored with sin

Thank you that I haven’t heard the sweetest sound
Because I know
It’s the only way my knees will scrape the ground

Now I know that you brought me to a dark and dirty place
Just to find that my treasure is hidden in your grace
And it’s clear that hereafter I won’t have to live my days
Apart from you, apart from truth, I found my rightful place
In your arms, beautiful, at home in your embrace
Finally I’m captured by a light that doesn’t fade
The fire in your eyes is why my heart is up in flames

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