I don't know if you have noticed the huge waves that Ed Sheeran’s new album is causing? It is breaking records, changing the music industry and apparently breaking the internet because so many people are downloading it. Out of our current top 10, 8 are from Ed’s new album! Even Ed Sheeran himself thinks that it's a bit silly and suggested the charts have to change. 

There are headlines written about aspects of Ed’s musical talent. He really is very very good. Rarely will any headlines be written about the truth of the songs. Take the song ‘Supermarket Flowers’ for example. A beautiful ballard in memory of his Grandmother. It really is a lovely song and I can see it being a favourite at precious family times, with many eyes turning watery as its lovely notes and smooth lyrics tug on heart strings. 

I took the supermarket flowers from the windowsill
I threw the day old tea from the cup
Packed up the photo album Matthew had made
Memories of a life that’s been loved
Took the get well soon cards and stuffed animals
Poured the old ginger beer down the sink
Dad always told me, “don’t you cry when you’re down”
But mum, there’s a tear every time that I blink
Oh I’m in pieces, it’s tearing me up, but I know
A heart that’s broke is a heart that’s been loved

So I’ll sing Hallelujah
You were an angel in the shape of my mum
When I fell down you’d be there holding me up
Spread your wings as you go
And when God takes you back we’ll say Hallelujah
You’re home

 It is a wonderful thought that those we love can go home to be with God and that there will be people welcoming them home. It is not for musical artists (however talented they are) to decide the criteria for entry. I would love to have the power to grant heaven to those I want to be there. I think we would all love that power. I don’t think I would handle it very well though and I doubt you would either. 

There is one with the power to grant access to heaven. Jesus said in John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many rooms… I am going there to prepare a place for you.” Later on he said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is claiming to know the way, to show the way and be the sole way to get there. After saying these things Jesus was arrested; he was subjected to a false charge in a biased court and hung on a cross. The man who said he was the way gave his life to be the way. We, who are sinful, can now be forgiven and be welcomed into heaven. Songs can be lovely, but they are just sentimental words if they are not true. 

On a Sunday morning recently we thought about how truth matters and what a difference truth makes in life. Life is the time to sink your teeth into truth. There will come a day when it is too late, and I just wonder if that is what this song is really all about.