Christina Mead

I will Wait: Mumford and Sons and Purity

If you took a trip to Arizona and came to Mesa . . . and while in Mesa you stopped by the Life Teen Office . . . and then you came all the way back to my desk . . . you would find out something mildly interesting.

But first you would have to sit at my desk and go online. Next you would see that in my web browser (No, I'm not telling you which one I use – that'd be free advertising!) that YouTube is open and I'm playing Mumford & Sons new song 'I Will Wait' on repeat as if it won't exist tomorrow.

In fact it's playing right now . . . and now I'm pressing repeat.

Can we just have a moment of silence in respect of the creative genius that wrote these lyrics and immortalized my thoughts about purity for endless generations to come? ( ……. ) Thank you.

Just put your eyes on this:

Now I’ll be bold

As well as strong

And use my head alongside my heart

So tame my flesh

And fix my eyes

That tethered mind freed from the lies

And I kneel down, wait for now

I'll kneel down, know my ground

Raise my hands, paint my spirit gold

bow my head, keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait, I will wait for you

Let me break it down in my own words and interpret this lyrical beauty in light of the faith . . .

  • It takes boldness and strength to go against the tide of culture.
  • You have to commit in your heart to what you believe in your head.
  • When you give your flesh and your bodily desires over to God for Him to purify, He will help you to stay rooted in the truth of what true love is. Kneel in prayer and God will raise you up in Divine virtue.

(Pressing repeat…)

True love means saying 'I will wait.'

It means waiting for the person God intended you to be with, and especially saving sex for marriage. The world says, 'Go ahead . . . do whatever you want, whenever you want, as long as it makes you feel good.' God made sex, and He made it to be an expression of free and fruitful love in the context of marriage. Don’t forget though, that it’s never too late to recommit to purity if you’ve already fallen. None of us are perfect; it’s very hard to stay pure.

What I am saying is that right now, whether you’re in a relationship or not, I want you to know that it's worth waiting to have sex and anyone who loves you will wait with you in order to be fully committed to you and ready to be open to children.

Only with God's help can we overcome those desires to just 'go all the way.'

Do I have a theme song for my purity? Why yes, now I do. Thanks Mumford & Sons, I don't even think you know how awesome this song is and how these lines can relate to purity. Pure genius.

P.S. I’m praying for you.

Christina Mead

About the Author

I'm just striving for sainthood through lots of imperfect ways. I daydream about heaven, where I want to be the patron saint of lifeguards. I think I might paint my nails just so I can pick it off. I wrote a book about Mary and what she taught us about being a Catholic girl. It's called "That One Girl" and I think you'd like it! You can email me at [email protected], or follow me on Twitter @LT_Christina.