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11. By Our Love

Life Light Up
by Christy Nockels


Brothers, let us come together
Walking in the Spirit, there's much to be done...
We will come reaching, out from our comforts
And they will know us by our love...

Sisters, we were made for kindness
We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us...
We will come reaching, with a song of healing...
And they will know us by our love!

The time is now
Come Church Arise
Love with His hands
See with His eyes
Bind it around you
Let it never leave you
And they will know us by our love

Children, You are hope for justice,
Stand firm in the Truth now, set your hearts above
You will be reaching, long after we’re gone,
And they will know you by your love!

Written by Christy & Nathan Nockels

Behind the Song:
“Songwriting is such an amazing process to me... Long before there were lyrics or even a melody for this song, I knew it would be on my record. My husband Nathan and I would talk about songs during the writing process and I’d say, “remember there will be a song called “By Our Love”. I had one tiny melodic idea for it, but that was it really. This song really took shape the morning after a very special gathering with our new church family in Atlanta. It was one of those sweet times together in God’s presence that I will never forget. Our two oldest children were a part of that gathering, and even though their eyes could barely stay open towards the end of our worship time that night, my prayer was that they’d somehow sense and grasp the presence of God in that place and remember it.

I realized more than ever that night that I want my children to “get it.” I want them to understand that you can’t have worship without love and justice. Our songs must have hands and feet, and they must go into the darkest places of the world. The distractions that our children are exposed to in this country and their desensitized minds and hearts became like a heavy brick on my heart. My prayer is that God will allow my children to see with His eyes and love with His hands in their lifetime...that they might “stand firm in the truth and set their hearts above”. How can we show them most effectively that it’s “by our love” that we are set apart and “by our love” that we show Jesus to the world.

I can recall some amazing moments from my childhood that my parents faithfully exposed me to worship, and also lived lives of love to those around us. I have vivid memories of my mom, in particular, involving me in random acts of kindness. I have an early memory of her driving me to the home of a little girl from our church that had no mother, and a father who could barely care for her. She took down the little girl’s measurements that day and in the following weeks made her a beautiful Easter dress. My mom was also the one who sat with me for hours at the piano, teaching me worship songs and how to sing harmonies. My mother understood worship and justice, and because she involved me, I remember and I understand...

I’ve always been intrigued by Ephesians 5:19, it says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” There is an exhortation that songs can carry with them, and I believe even modern worship songs can have that feel and purpose, as many of the old hymns did. My prayer is that this song might be a song we sing to each other when it’s appropriate...a reminder and a “calling forth” of those whom we walk life with, whom we parent and live lives of deep love for Jesus’ sake." - Christy Nockels




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