To Be Loved

556934_3516217124014_745937818_nEvery movie, every song, play, whether right or wrong, is about love. Everything is based, even action movies, are based on some type of love or affection that sends the hero into action. Same with Romance Novels, Chick-flicks, romantic comedies, ect.. Why are we so captivated by this topic? It may not be with the opposite sex even.. Same Sex Marriage is now the hottest topic around.
Let’s not even restrict it to relationships, male or female.. What about sports? How much do we spend on Sports, recreation, video games each year?  See if we don’t love these things..
Sports: $450 Billion
Beer:
$96 Billion
Video Games $17 Billion
Romance Novels: $10 Billion
Coffee: $11 Billion
Sports Logo Apparel: $8 billion
This is not to say all these things are wrong, I am just pointing out 316737_314026971941170_279326340_nthat we “Love” Stuff/Things. Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” We are looking for treasures. We are looking for something to put our Heart Into! We were made to worship/devote ourselves to something, or someone.. That’s why we idolize musicians, actors, sports figures, ect.. We have “our team” we root for. Our “band” we listen to, or want to sound like. We crave intimacy with something or someone, A Lover. We want to be wanted. We need to be affirmed. Women want to be rescued by a hero. Romanced by some dashing prince. Guys want to be accepted and approved. All for the love and affection we were made to have.
tumblr_metgdu0jBO1rxhzzpo1_1280  Rich Mullins recorded one song that he didn’t write; it was Dougie Maclean’s “Ready for the Storm.” He said, “writing is like fishing, you have to sit on the water long enough till something bites,” and “Dougie got to it before I did.”  And me, being a writer, I truly believe this. For the most part, I do not get to sit on the water long enough to even get my line wet, let alone get to pull something out. So to keep my postings up and to give me the courage to go back on the water to see what bites, I have taken what someone else has gotten to first to share what is in my heart and to bring a clearer understanding to the this deep longing we have.
This song below was written by Dennis Jernigan, and echoes a 392506_2196248283927_287260291_ntruth that keep drawing me; it stirs a longing, a response that brings a reality, a truth, that reverberates from the cells of my body to the deepest part of my innermost being. After reading please click the link to hear the Writer perform his work like only he can do.

“Father if we were all to be honest
What would our greatest need consist of?
Wouldn’t we say, if we were all honest
Simply our greatest need is to be loved?
From the strong and stable man to the single minded woman
To the man not even sure he is a man
To the lonely hurting children to the old, abandoned soul
We need love to make us whole

536615_426651240678742_628930967_nTo be loved is like a harbor in a storm
To be anchored so securely at the heart you can’t be torn
To be loved is just what every heart would give
their life to be
Held just once by One who would not leave
To be loved is what we need

228276274832118031_6iPpvnHr_bOnly one love is totally true love
Bearing my sin, bearing my pain!
Only one love could ever be true love
Others will fail, but this love will remain!
Through the fiery trials of life
Through the endless days of prison
Through the darkness of rejection’s blinding rain
Through the days we hurt so badly and we seem to cry in vain
Jesus’ love will still remain!”

 

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In Your Light

“With you is the Fountain of Life, In Your light we see light.” (Psalms 36:9)

542336_435866769757189_1345461910_nYou ever notice, or thought about, how brightly some lights shine? Or have you ever just noticed all the different colors of light that shine at night? I think this is why I love Christmas. All the lights and ornaments, making the night so bright and cheerful with the glows of blue, green, red, and white seem to offer comfort and hope.

Even when it is not Christmas, I still enjoy looking at all the different colors in the city with the various office buildings lit up with the different colors, signs flashing, streetlights aglow, with all the other neon and florescent letters beckoning our attention; some louder than others, some with a soft whisper of tint, while some seem to scream with brightness that hurts our eyes, each speaking to us in their own way drawing those who have ears to hear and eyes to see..

I too, like a moth, am drawn to the flame, the amber glows of light hold my attention. Sometimes they seem to all blend together as chords in a song. They melt into a symphony of color as the stars in the heaven displaying the beauty of a universe that cannot be grasped or explained.

It is in the night my attention is drawn to the beauty of color, the twinkling of lights, stars in the 535058_465455630131636_1367766466_nnight shining across the darkness, falling down on earth. I see the light.. I see that which is bland in the sunlight. It is in the darkness I see clearer that which is made to shine. It is here that the beauty and color of light is truly revealed to the human senses. And isn’t that how it is with God and us???

Are we seeing the beauty of the light? Are we beholding the Glory of that which far outweighs the neon signs? “In your light we see light.”

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1)

Light is beautiful, but can be blinding to those who are in total darkness. When the light hits their eyes they have to turn away because “the god of this world has blinded the eyes of the unbelieving that they may not see the light of the Glorious Gospel,” but to those that have eyes to see and believe will see the Glory, for “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

35632_137390776271458_5830425_nWhen we come to the Light and receive the gift of life, we will be that light that aluminates the darkness, giving various hues of the glorious gospel. We become “the light of the world.” Our light is not our own, but the “mirror image” of the Glory of God. “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

    Our various shades, our different beams (high and low), our many different colors blend together to make the darkness around us come alive with new life. Our neon lights let people know we are open. Our different colors attract those who are drawn to that shade. Though we are many, yet we are one, and when we come together we will blend into a symphony of the Glory of Him, “who called us out of darkness in to His marvelous light.”  We add depth to each other, causing each other to shine in a new way as the stars shine differently in the night sky. We reflect the Glory of the Son, as the moon reflects that which is greater than itself, so we must display that which is greater than ourselves.

    Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will 560301_435864579757408_179347670_nnever walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:” (John 17:22)

    The darkness doesn’t overpower the light, no it just gives it a background so that you can see its various shades, hues, and true color. Are our lights on? Are we beckoning those around us to come and dine? Are we shining in the darkness to show others the way? Are our colors showing the beauty and majesty of the one who gives light? Or have we turned it down, possibly off, so that we don’t blind people?

Those, whether walking or driving by, do they see a “city on a hill that cannot be hidden,” or have we “lit the lamp and put it under the table?”

We are “the light of the world.” Let us “be transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,” so that our lives/colors are blended into chords and notes that can be played in the symphony of praise to the one “who calls us out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

   “With you is the Fountain of Life, In Your light we see light.” (Psalms 36:9)