forgiveness

Song #37: Always

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I was browsing some work by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda this week and came across his piece "Always." It spoke of acceptance, forgiveness, patience and desire and I found myself blown away by how much depth was communicated in a few simple words. Although it was not my intention to add anything to his poem or write a companion song, I did use it as inspiration and borrowed several of the ideas and images for this week's song.

See Pablo Neruda's "Always" here. 

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LYRICS:

everyone has their story

all the people they carry

on their shoulders, in their hair

scores of lovers and families

children born and dead buried

and the fear you think I care

 

bring it all to where i'm waiting for you

 

there's wake of destruction

behind every someone

it's just the way it is

so you can come as you are, dear

wear it proud like a scar, dear

it's just the way it is

 

bring it all to where i'm waiting for you

 

and in this holy union

watch the fire burn up all that lied in ruins

and we will stand, alone,

always

Song #15: Give It Anyway

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Someone once told me: "love is not 50-50; it's not even 100-100. It's 100-0." Maybe. It's certainly noble, and it's the very definition of unconditional love:

I expect nothing in return. My loving you has nothing at all to do with me or my needs, it's all about the betterment of you.

It's the giving - never in spite of or in injury towards self, but rather with any notion of return completely unconsidered.

A friend of mine asked me recently, "What is the fine line between being a devoted unconditional loving partner and a doormat?" I don't propose to fully know how to answer that question or want to unpack it here, but it has something to do with one's intention or motivation. In this song, a couple have been awarded wisdom after many years together doing what Andy Stanley calls "putting your deal before my deal." Everyone at their core is looking out for #1. What is the only way around that while still maintaining long-term relationships? The resolve of commitment and the decision of grace.

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LYRICS:

We're learning to live in grace

We're learning to give when it's all been given away

When the well has run dry, or the tank has no space

We give it anyway

 

Another year, a quicker pace

Another war, an older face

Have things our way and plead our case

Or serve and die to ourselves and finish the race

 

We're learning to live in grace

We're learning to give when it's all been given away

When the well has run dry, or the tank has no space

We give it anyway

 

Because we know; that we could love

and be loved by anyone

It's in our choice; we'll tie this knot

And decide to love, love the one we've got

 

We're learning to live in grace

We're learning to give when it's all been given away

When the well has run dry, or the tank has no space

We give it anyway

 

  And though it often takes hard work to patch up all these holes and splintered cracks

There is a cement that holds, unbreakable that runs along the back

 

We're learning to live in grace

We're learning to give when it's all been given away

When the well has run dry, or the tank has no space

Give it anyway; give it anyway