Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thank You For Hearing Me

I read a blog post earlier today about Sinead O'Connor. I never had any intention of reading anything of the sort. I was tired. I had other things on my mind. But there it was. And it seemed to hold something I needed.

Remember controversial, eccentric, yet honestly transparent Sinead O'Connor?

I always liked that she wrote most of her own stuff and while I've not always listened to her music; I do like her desire to speak about God and think she has an absolutely beautiful voice. The song, "Nothing Compares To You," always comes to mind whenever I hear her name.

This post I read was about her newest album and one of her controversial songs about the many childhood sexual abuse cases in the Catholic Church, which she has often spoken out against. The fellow that wrote the blog had posted a few videos of her and one of them was, "Thank You For Hearing Me." I'd never heard her sing it before. I didn't even know it was her song. David Crowder Band did this song several years ago but I had no idea Sinead O'Connor actually wrote and performed it originally. DCB narrowed down a few of the lyrics and defined it more as a prayer of thanksgiving to Jesus. They ended it with, "My Jesus, I love thee. I know thou art mine."

I'm not sure what happened in O'Connor's life that inspired or compelled her to write these lyrics but right now, where I am in my own life; these words speak to me deeply. I thank her for that.

I do know this - we all have a life story. Some parts of our stories are beautiful and some parts are ugly. Some parts make us laugh and some make us cry. Some bring us comfort and some bring pain. And sometimes you find a song that speaks volumes about all such things.

For me, this song is certainly a prayer; precious words between Jesus and I. He understands what they mean from me. He also understands the places in my heart that long to speak but can't fully find a way to articulate any words. Jesus, you see, hear, help, hold, love, heal, save, prune, shape, and stay with me in ways absolutely no else can. Thank you.

And certain parts of this song also speak to those special people, family, friends, and even some acquaintances, who have stood by me through the most difficult times in my life. And also to those who are standing with me as I write. Some of you hear me as no one else can. Some of you see me like no one else can. Some of you are able to stay and be in the difficult places with me that others cannot. For that, I say a heartfelt thank you.

The end of the song says, "Thank you for breaking my heart, Thank you for tearing me apart, Now I'm a strong, strong heart, Thank you for breaking my heart." 

I can apply that to certain people, events, and circumstances that have broken my heart and yet inadvertently; have either made me or are making me stronger.

Sometimes, usually in hindsight, we can be grateful for the hardships, adversity, struggles, and pain in our lives because they eventually push us towards the places we need to go. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger; stand a little taller.

Below is a video of Sinead O'Connor singing this beautiful song and while she varies the words a bit here and there; it is the original lyrics that I think speak so much for me; for all of us.

How do you feel about this song? Does it speak to you in a particular way?

Thank you for hearing me (x3)

Thank you for loving me (x3)

Thank you for seeing me (x3)

And for not leaving me (x3)

Thank you for staying with me (x3)

Thanks for not hurting me (x3)

You are gentle with me (x3)

Thanks for silence with me (x3)

Thank you for holding me
And saying I could be (x2)

Thank you for helping me (x3)

Thank you for breaking my heart
Thank you for tearing me apart
Now I'm a strong, strong heart
Thank you for breaking my heart.

Sinead O'Connor

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly Proverb: You Are What You Think (Proverbs 23:7)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekly Proverb: Encouraging Word (Proverbs 12:25)

Worry weighs down the heart, 
but an encouraging word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25

Photo: Favim.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Be Still by The Fray

Be Still

Be still and know that I'm with you
Be still and know that I am here
Be still and know that I'm with you
Be still, be still, and know

When darkness comes upon you
And covers you with fear and shame
Be still and know that I'm with you
And I will say your name

If terror falls upon your bed
And sleep no longer comes
Remember all the words I said
Be still, be still, and know

And when you go through the valley
And the shadow comes down from the hill
If morning never comes to be
Be still, be still, be still

If you forget the way to go
And lose where you came from
If no one is standing beside you
Be still and know I am

Be still and know that I'm with you
Be still and know I am

The Fray 

"Be still and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10

Sunday, February 12, 2012

That Is A Friend Who Cares


When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness; that is a friend who cares.

Excerpt from Out of Solitude
by Henri Nouwen

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Weekly Proverb: Wise Leadership (Proverbs 28:2)

Photo by Martin Chen

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability. 
Proverbs 28:2

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Weekly Proverb: Guard Your Heart (Proverbs 4:23)