Listen to an old Song and Smile

When you sing, you pray twice.” ~Saint Augustine

You may not know this, but I surprised my wife on our wedding day by singing to her. When the preacher had everyone bow their heads in prayer my brother left his place in groom’s party and sat down behind the piano. Someone handed me a microphone and when the preacher said, “Amen” and everyone raised their heads the music began and started singing to the love of my life.

Why I would risk public shame and humiliation? Because there are some things that can’t be said with words alone, only a song will say it.

Want to know what song I sang? It was a country song by Larry Gatlin.

 You Happened to Me

You happened to me just in timeunnamed[2]

To save me from me

I have surrendered myself

Saying what will be will be

Then you came like the touch of a raindrop

To a dry withered rose

You happened to me just in time

God only knows

You happened to me

What I needed to make one more stand

I built my life like a fool

My foundation was sand

Then you opened love’s door in my heart

That I thought hate had closed

You happened to me just in time

God only knows

And just how much I love you

Only your Father knows

Thousands of years ago Moses recited some beautiful words that have a lyrical feel to them. Read them and imagine them as a song being sung over you by the Creator-God.

 “For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you…  Deuteronomy 7:6-8a

Memorable words.

God has entered into a committed, covenant-making relationship with us and He will love us to the end.  It’s as if He is saying, “I have you, I hold you, I cherish you. I trade my better for your worse, I give my richer for your pooer, I take on your sickness and I give you my health. I will even die so that nothing—not even death itself—will ever part us.”

Jesus happened to me just in time to save me from me.

About Joe Chambers

I am the beloved of the Most High God. I am an avid reader and writer and have been a continuous learner since my college studies in Ancient Literature and English. I live at the base of Mount Princeton in the Colorado Rockies with my wife of over three decades. I believe I have been put here to tell people that God is not mad at them and to show them the way Home. I am the father of three sons, a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. I love to read, tell stories, and spend time in the wilderness with my friends and sons.
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