My husband and I took a bike ride around the neighborhood this morning and I have a little blue tooth speaker that I put in my bicycle cupholder. I was listening to a song called “Graveclothes” by the band, Birdtalker. When I got home, I looked up the lyrics and I also looked up the definition of the word “graveclothes.” Pretty self-defining, but I wanted to be sure. Graveclothes are the clothes that your dead body is buried in.
The chorus of the song says, “Shake your graveclothes off…” So I started thinking about who would be wearing graveclothes around. Dead people, right?
Death was a real thing for all of us. We were bonafide zombies walking around in our graveclothes, going through the motions. But Jesus came along and did an extraordinarily wonderful thing. He conquered death. He destroyed death for all of us.
These verses in Ephesians 2 are so excellent.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
So now that we have been quickened together with Christ, lets make sure we shake off those graveclothes. We don’t need them anymore.
From the song, “Graveclothes” by Birdtalker.
“He’s been, wishin’, he was, the best and the brightest
Scared to, give what, he’s got, no he wouldn’t give it away
Self-deprecation, lack of motivation, stealing his aliveness
In the silence love abounds and has already filled the spaces
And replaces them with grace if he would only stop to feel, to see
We don’t need no mournful sound
Shake your graveclothes to the ground
Shake your graveclothes off, shake your graveclothes,
Shake your graveclothes off, shake your graveclothes”
I love you all!