Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One Step Closer

Natalie and I have both been sad a lot during the past few weeks.  Not in a six year-old mopey, I didn't get my way sad (where have I seen that behavior).  I am referencing the sad when you feel the heaviness of this world.  We both have friends who are battling with some really big stuff right now- health stuff, family stuff, identity stuff.  Some of it is life and death (which Natalie also deals with everyday at work- how does she do this?).  Some of our friends are at those points in life when you can see a fork in the road and you hope and pray they make the correct choice.  Walking through those things are tough.  It's heavy.  It's real.  But I'm honored that we can walk with our friends through big stuff.   

I find myself drawn to the Christina Perri song, "A Thousand Years."  I know it is a sappy love song but when you delve into the lyrics, I believe a lot of wisdom can be garnered for each of us.  When we go through tough times, I imagine this is a song God would like to hear us sing about Him- our Dad. 

 "One step closer

 I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me

Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

 One step closer"

The advice I would give to our friends who are struggling, and to those of you who may be hurting and walking through really tough things is to hold on.  As the song tells us, you are "one step closer."