In This Life

Mon, Dec 13, 2010

Church, Random Thoughts & Questions

Today’s post was going to be about REM. Maybe tomorrow. I had another thought today as I was perusing Biblegateway.com.

When I got married for the first time (yep, there was more than one but there will not be more than two) I planned most of the wedding ceremony. I was working as a bartender in a country bar so my musical influence of the time was Garth Brooks and Billy Ray.  Yes, Billy Ray Cyrus and yes, I could do the Achey Breaky line dance with my eyes closed. It seemed logical, to me, to have a country ballad at a crucial point in the wedding. I wanted Colin Raye’s In This Life. I thought it was a beautiful song. The lyrics go a little something like this:

For all I’ve been blessed with in this life,
there was an emptiness in me.
I was imprisoned by the power of gold.
With one honest touch, you set me free.

Let the world stop turning,
let the sun stop burning.
Let them tell me love’s not worth going through.
If it all falls apart, I will know deep in my heart
the only dream that matters has come true;
in this life, I was loved by you.

Funny thing. The priest (it was a Catholic ceremony) didn’t like all the music and moved on with the ceremony instead of allowing my musical interludes. I think he was disgruntled or pent up because after the lector read the customary “go to” wedding verse-

Come on, you know that you know it-

Corinthians 13:4-Love is patient, love is kind… he told us in his sermon that it was pretty much all crap and completely unattainable and that we were-and I quote-”fooling ourselves.” Maybe he had the gift of prophecy because and it did all fall apart and we were divorced three years later.


I was reading 1 John 5:15-17 this morning which states:

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

My translation:

When the world stops turning,
When the sun stops burning.
When the deceiver tries to tell me love’s not worth going through.
When this world falls apart, I will know deep in my heart
the only thing that matters has come true;
in this life, I loved like and was loved by Christ.

I don’t know. Just something I was thinking about. It’s got a good beat and you could dance to it-if you wanted to. Maybe a slow two step.

For your listening pleasure:

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