The result of the referendum of wether the UK should stay in the E.U has weighed heavy on my heart over the last few days. 

I’m deeply saddened that the democratic decision to leave the E.U has been on the most part, it seems, a financial one. Coupled with the sentiment that we have ‘too many immigrants’ as I had someone explain to me today. I resisted punching them. 

Heaven will be a nation of immigrants

I passionately believe that life is more than economics and my prayer for the UK before the referendum was that we would be compassionate and be willing to share our resources with those who need what we’ve got. That kingdom values of welcoming the stranger, hospitality and sacrificial giving were my prayer. 

So, after a busy weekend it’s TV dinner, a healthy sized glass of wine and an opportunity to catch up with what’s happening at Glastonbury.   Coldplay are performing and the opening words as they don the stage are from a film staring Charlie Chaplin and his iconic speech from the 1940 film The Great Dictator.

The film tells the story of a Jewish barber played by Chaplin, who spends years in an army hospital, unaware of the simultaneous rise of fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel also played by Chaplin. 

“We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.”

Talk about prophetic. 

The speech reminds me about what the Kingdom of God is like and the adventure and beauty of it.

The words also spoke to me profoundly of a simple truth: Jesus is Lord. 

Regardless of the vote and what our nation has chosen (as perplexing as it is to me) Jesus is and will always be enthroned as Lord over the nations and His Kingdom is coming more and more and His reign can not but increase, ultimately he is the one who at the end of all time declares: “Look, I make all things new.”

 The closing song as I watched Coldplay at Glastonbury was introduced with ‘Amazing Grace’which was powerful (before the rather strange bee gees!) 

But it’s the opening song that encouraged me. So here are the lyrics of the opening words from Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full Of Dreams.’

It reminds me that as a Christian I am called to be one who dreams of and furthers a new Kingdom on earth, one that is heavenly. 

oh I think I landed

in a world I hadn’t seen

when I’m feeling ordinary

when I don’t know what I mean

oh I think I landed

where there are miracles at work

for the thirst and for the hunger

come the conference of birds

saying it’s true, it’s not what it seems

leave your broken windows open

and in the light just streams

and you get a head, a head full of dreams

you can see the change you wanted

be what you want to be

and you get a head, a head full of dreams

into life I’ve just been spoken

with a head full, a head full of dreams

oh I think I landed

where there are miracles at work

when you got me open-handed

when you got me lost for words

I sing oh-oh-oh

A head full of dreams

A head full of dreams

Into life I’ve just been woken

With a head full, a head full of dreams. 

3 thoughts on “Coldplay, Brexit and a head full of dreams…

  1. Thanks for this Chis. You put in to words what the Spirit has been saying in my soul. I think this coming time is going to be one of Christian Artists in every medium, placing their work as offerings in the public domain, as we all become Kingdom builders….we have been caught open-handed with our head full of dreams. Those beautiful lyrics……… I pray that we may all not get caught in the trap of money, anger and worry, that we all may really listen to what God has for us, how he wants to work with each of us as we get the Kingdom within us, out !

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