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Monday, July 29, 2013

The Story Behind the Song

When I first started dating my husband, he would take me here and there in his little red '98 Ford Escort.

Side Note: That little Escort, affectionately named "Red Rocket", took us up and down the East Coast for our honeymoon, vacations, family visits and music gigs.  12 years, 2 kids and 1 Labrador dog later, we finally had to let it retire.  We had completely outgrown our faithful car.

Anyway, I used to love listening to all his music Cd's in the car.  I had never heard most of the music he had or the artists he listened to.  The tunes were catchy, but I became especially interested in the lyrics.  They were so creatively and poetically written and many of them were telling a story or were a response to a certain story.  It made me want to pull out the CD covers and read the lyrics by themselves.  And it made me want to find out the 'whys'.  Why was the song written?  What was the story behind the song?  How much more I appreciated the song once I understood the story behind it. 

All of us sing a song. 

We might not realize it, but we do.  Our lives play a tune that others around us are hearing.  Some people's songs are so sad.  The tunes are written in minor keys.  Their lyrics are dark.  Others sing songs about searching.  To quote U2, they are among those that say "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."  They are not yet satisfied.  They might even be bored with life.  They realize something is missing, but can't put their finger on it. Then others sing songs that may sound happy, but if you look closer, the lyrics are unsettling.  All of these songs are an expression of each person's story.

Do you know which songs I like to hear the most?  The songs that are the expression of those who have found the Abundant Life.  I never get tired of them.  In fact, their songs give me Hope.  I love hearing interviews of people who tell their story...  "I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind but now I see."  I love hearing about the woman who says she once sat in despair but now has Joy.  Her song is so beautiful!  I love hearing the stories behind the songs that talk about trusting God.  Those stories are usually ones that involve great obstacles and a Faithful Shepherd.  They have found it!  They have found Love!  They have finally found what they've been looking for!

And though all their stories are unique and personal and they all sing a New Song of their own, they all share the same Chorus of God's great Story:

"One Love, One Redeemer
I rest safely in my Father's Hands. 
No need to look further,  I'm never bored with my Savior.
With Joy I grab hold of His Plans!" 

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