Monday’s Music Moves Me
Well the theme for this week is body parts. I did this theme once before and chose the mind. I know there are songs about arms, legs, ears, toes, hands, and feet, but I am going to return to internal organs. It seems that the heart is the seat of our emotions. It is the heart where we first feel something stirring inside of us that sends a message to the brain to do something and drive us into action. The heart is the symbol of love. The heart can be hot, cold, soft, hard, happy, sad and in love all at the same time, so here are a few of my favorite heart songs.
From the country music of the 90’s, one of my favorite artists was Hal Ketchum. Hal was a singer/songwriter and enjoyed fame as both during this period. Sadly Hal is now suffering from Alzhiemer’s/dementia. Here is a song that he wrote that most dads can relate to when their daughter blossoms out of childhood and into a beautiful young lady. You know that boys are gonna start hanging around and hearts are gonna roll.
At some point in our dating experience all of us have had that break-up event. Sometimes we can even see it coming and we try to prepare for it. Still, we know that there’s gonna be a heartache tonight…maybe two.
There are many causes for these heartaches of love, but the most common reason for a broken heart that turns into a lyric and then is set to music seems to be, your cheatin’ heart.
Certainly, it would seem that only love can break a heart and only love can mend it again. Have a blessed week.
Saturday my wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary, so in honor of that occasion I believe I will play a song from our wedding. It was probably the most popular song of the day for this special occasion. I give you Paul Stookey and The Wedding Song.
So, What’s The Secret – Written for our 35th anniversary May 11, 2009
So what’s the secret to being married for thirty-five years and looking forward to celebrating number fifty one day? All I can tell you is that our marriage is centered around our faith and that the message from God’s Word is critical to the happiness that each of us enjoys.
First of all, God loves us and everything He does for us is for our benefit. He created the institution of marriage to be enjoyed by a man and a woman and to bring each of them happiness. The Bible tells us that God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die on a cross for us so that we might, through faith, have eternal live. Christ tells the husband that he is to love his wife with the same love that Christ loves the church and gave himself for that church (Ephesians 5:25). If I love my wife with that kind of love, then everything I do, I do because I love her and I want her to be happy. I want her to be pleased with this relationship. I want my Lord to be pleased with me as a man who loves his wife and realizes that his wife is a gift from God created especially for me and for my happiness.
Secondly, marriage is a partnership. Like any relationship, it takes work to maintain that relationship in peak condition. A happy marriage doesn’t “just happen”. Both of us are committed to the relationship and to each other because we love one another and it is our desire that our partner be happy in this relationship. No major decision in this relationship is made without prayer and conversation. God is not the author of confusion, therefore He will not give my wife a different answer to an issue than the one that He gives me. Again, God created the institution of marriage for our benefit, not for our demise.
Finally, I married a woman far better than I deserve. I thank my Lord and Savior for her every day. My wife is the most thoughtful, caring and giving person that I know. Proverbs 31:10-12 says, “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.” I have found that woman. Proverbs 31:25-30 further states, Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and teaching of kindness is on her toungue. She looks well to the ways of her houselold, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” I “married such a woman.
So, back to the original question, “What’s the Secret?” The answer is, you have to give yourself to the marriage. You have to give yourself to your spouse. Whatever you have within you, you have to “Give it Away.”