The Gospel According to Glen Hansard: You Will Become.....


In 2007, an indie, low-budget film entitled Once found its way into many theaters and viewers' hearts. The story of a guy and girl who meet on the streets of Dublin and discover a shared love of music went on to win an Academy Award and become a Tony-winning musical. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova played the  unnamed guy and girl, respectively, and their music became more widespread as a result of the film. In real life, they began recording together as The Swell Season, and the musician-actors began dating.

And, as often happens with real life, the relationship ended.

While they continue to record together as friends, within the past year the two have released their first solo records. Some of the songs on these two albums do convey the longings and losses of a broken relationship, but what is more prevalent is hope. On Glen Hansard's album, Rhythm and Repose, the first track is especially a gospel, or "good news." Entitled, "You Will Become," it speaks not only to a relationship in transition but also to our calling to see the greatest potential in one another.

Your beauty is nothing compared to what
You will become
In time become

Your honesty is nothing compared to what
You will become
In time become


John Wesley might have summarized the lyrics as, "we're going on to perfection." St. Paul would have declared, "He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6). The prophet Jeremiah would translate Hansard as "the Lord knowing the plans he has for us, to give us a hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11). Scripture and theology teem with such promises of living into a higher purpose. God sees those callings, and we must open our eyes to see them in one another. We are often our own worst critics, focusing so intently on what's wrong with ourselves that we forget the divine image upon us. We are called to alert each other to what "you will become."

This gentle blessing by Glen Hansard is my prayer for each of you who read this blog and hear the song. Wherever you are in relationships, careers, decisions, families, churches, etc., remember the simplicity of the gospel: you are loved by One who knows what you will become.




Along the lines of calling, I was humbled to share a brief story of my calling with Alive Now magazine this week. Click on the link to read more.

all good things,
Pastor Darian