…and when my love for life is running dry, you come and pour yourself on me…
I needed to make a quick stop at the grocery store so I pulled into the parking lot and found a space to pull in. When I got out and started across the parking lot a phrase from a 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.
There are times when we have given everything we have within us, both emotionally and physically trying to make everyone we know approve of us or be happy with us.
Someone told me, “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 enoughit 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 it 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 is actually what Jesus did for us…
When I have been at the lowest point of my whole life I have looked up and said, “Help me”, and He has always loved me enough to come to my dry life and pour Himself on me…
reviving me to face another day.
4 Replies to “…is your love for life running dry?”
That’s a “heavy-revvy” — you’ve heard of that?
Means a really deep revelation. Thought-provoking.
Thanks for sharing. Phil
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Haven’t heard that phrase in a while, thank you. I’m sure nothing is really new to you though 😇🙏
I have come very near to losing everyone I ever loved. It’s shocking to think of it soberly.
I grew up and left home. For a time, I even stopped talking with my mother. Not that I hated her. She was hard to deal with, and I needed space. I wish now, I could have found a better way. For certainly, I always loved her. But I was young, and this is modern America, and I took the only path I could find.
It was not permanent. We did reconcile eventually.
But she had left my dad too. That alone utterly destroyed my home. It dissolved my reason to be.
I spent a long time trying to “find myself” or something. (Never actually used that phrase for it, but it seems to work.) I had to invent myself.
In the end, I wound up relying on my folx for my identity quite a lot. But not entirely, and not without a lot of cold, hard distance. We were emotionally isolated from one another a lot.
And then close family members started dying. A cousin. My mother. My grandparents.
I still have my mother’s sister as a close relative, but she was quite a bit older than mom. She has one surviving son I am close with, but we are very different kind of people. Lots of affection, but not much in common.
My dad is still alive, but getting old and fragile.
I am estranged from my sister and her kids… my dad’s sister and her kids… my cousin’s kids… and most of that due to differences of political persuasions or just years and years of distance in geography and the like. There are generation gap issues… There was alcoholism in some branches of my family – including my sister.
I have my second wife and her kids and these adopted/foster kids. A second marriage/blended family puts me in second class on a LOT of stuff. Even if not with my wife per se, I suffer it. My own old age creeping up on me, and I am more and more “set in my ways” which are not understood or valued by many I love or who love me.
Why say all this?
Dunno exactly… except that when you come to the outer limits of love and family and look back, you certainly have a new and deeper appreciation for making it work the first time. I think I have a rich insight into HELL and what C.S. Lewis meant when he said the problem with hell is the neighbors.
Love God and LOVE your neighbors. They may not be the same thing on a one-to-one ratio, but they overlap far more than not. Love God IN your neighbor! Learn to. It isn’t easy. But that is what goes in heaven and hell is the lack of it.
I am sure of that.
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Wow, to say I am speechless is an understatement. Thank you for being vulnerable in an open forum. I admire you for that. Now I know why I connected with your blog. It wasn’t the words I read but the heart behind them. There is something I’ve said a lot, to Bible classes, to friends I need to explain something to and don’t find adequate words… I say I now to you…place your forehead on mine (since it’s pretend you don’t have to worry about contagion) and hold it there for a moment… done? I’ve transmitted replies, similarities, understanding, prayers, all the above by osmosis… nothing more need be said… blessings to you 🙏🙏🙏😇