and when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me…

Every day as I take my grandson to school we have a prayer and end it by quoting the Lord’s Prayer. This day I put on an Andre´ Crouch song, it began, “It won’t be long, soon we’ll be leaving here” part of the lyrics says, “Count the years as months, count the months as weeks, count the weeks as days, any day now, we’ll be going home.” Suddenly Gabe said, “Mammy why are you playing that song? It’s creepy!” I was startled and said, “Creepy? Why do you think it’s creepy?” His answer came swift, “Because it’s saying we are going to die soon!” I explained to him in the time we had left before pulling up to the door of the school that it meant that Jesus was going to come back for us and when He did we would be very happy, not creepy!

But I digress, let me go back to my opening line. I needed to stop at the grocery store after I dropped Gabe off so I drove to Kroger. When I got out and started across the parking lot a phrase from a very different song started going through my mind …and when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me… You might recognize that line if you were listening to a group called “Bread” back in the seventies. I was in the mood to hear it over and over again so when I got back in the car I put it on and kept hitting repeat and listening, then I realized I was listening to the whole song just to hear that one line over and over again. Why?

There are times when we have given everything we have within us both emotionally and physically trying to make everyone around us approve of us or be happy with us. Someone I admire and respect said something that I will share with you, “When I aim to please and keep missing, I quit aiming!” That is something that maybe we should all take to heart. When you tell someone you love them, whether it is the object of your romantic affections or a family member it has to mean that you love them “enough”. When you love someone enough it simply means that you will go to any length to help them, believe in them, and forgive the fact that they have faults and failure just as you do. Funny that we will accept something in ourselves that we disdain in people that we love because we expect them to be perfect and don’t expect too much from ourselves.

John 15:13-15 says, “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.” In the King James verse 13 simply says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus did just that didn’t He? He died a torturous death so that we could have eternal salvation and looked beyond our faults and saw our needs. So when we quote the line from the “Lord’s Prayer” that says, “Forgive us our debts as (or the way that) we forgive our debtors” it means just that, we have to overlook the faults in our neighbor and concentrate on our own, which by my estimation are many!

That line from the song applies to Jesus then doesn’t it? When I have been at the lowest point of my whole life I have looked up and said, “Help me”, and he always has. When I sang, “Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me” he loved me enough and came to my dry life and poured Himself on me reviving me to face another day.

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