Come On Up to the House – My Guest Post For Margaret Felice

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How-can-I-keep-from-singing-badgeToday I’m honored to have a guest post over at the indefatigable Margaret Felice’s blog. Margaret is a religion teacher by day and opera singer by night; she’s hosting a series of guest posts highlighting favorite songs that have a spiritual significance to the authors. The song I chose, “Come On Up to the House” by Tom Waits, is a song that has long haunted my prayers:

Waits’ tune – mournful and hopeful at the same time – reminds me that, no matter what we suffer and endure, those hardships will one day be transformed by God’s mercy: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.” (Colossians 1:24)

You can read my complete reflection on “Come On Up to the House” — and listen to the song! — over at Margaret’s blog:

One thought on “Come On Up to the House – My Guest Post For Margaret Felice

  1. Jonathan, thank you for introducing me to this song. I can see why it’s among your favorite. Used in the right setting, it can be rather powerful. Makes me wonder if Joplin ever sang gospel

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