What Love Really Means: A Christmas Post

I had a Christmas moment the other day.

I was trying to park at Walmart (of all the ordinary places in the ordinary world)  and the song that’s playing on the mixpod came on the radio (also find it here.)  I had heard the song before, but had never really listened to it.

driving my minivan around the walmart parking lot, like any housewife on any given friday
on a cloudy, gray December day,
heavy, wet snow pounding my windshield
people trying with all their might to push heavy & wayward carts to their vehicles
rushing in, rushing out…………….

maybe I was even slightly irritable about the slush, the people, the carts……
and then:

the lyrics of this song started to push their way into my cluttered, distracted mind

and then, slowly but surely they made their way into my heart……

He cries in the corner where nobody sees

He’s the kid with the story no one would believe
He prays every night “Dear God won’t you please…
Could you send someone here who will love me?”
  

wait.
……..i KNOW kids (now turned adults) who have stories no one would believe.

and their whole lives could be summed up in that one prayer……

tears sprung to my eyes……..

Who will love me for me

Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means what love really means

and as I listened, and tears streamed down my cheeks (yes, literally), I started to look around at the faces of the people in the parking lot…..

and etched in every face was this question:

who will love me for me?

eyes pleading:

will anyone? love me for me?

I watched the women, the ones looking their best…….
and the ones who had long given up on trying to look their best…..

Who will love me for me

Not for what I have done or what I will become
Who will love me for me
‘Cause nobody has shown me what love
What love really means what love really means

Can anyone? Will anyone?

He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone

He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done
He utters a cry from the depths of his soul
“Oh Lord, forgive me. I want to go home”
Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside
And it said “I know you’ve murdered
And I know you’ve lied
And I’ve watched you suffer all of your life
And now that you’ll listen I’ll tell you that I…”
I will love you for you
Not for what you have done or what you will become
I will love you for you
I will give you the love, the love that you never knew

….as I listened to the final verse and cried, I realized….

again

He loves me for me.

before I knew Him,

yet knowing how many years I would deny Him. All the while fully aware of the stuff I would do.  Fully knowing ALL that is in my heart…….every thought, the innermost part that no one sees…….

He loved me for me.

He sent His son from glory to be born in a manger to live this hard life, to suffer, to die
to be my savior
because He loves me for me

and I couldn’t help but think that if all the people,  busy preparing for Christmas
understood what Christmas really meant

they would never need to wonder…..

who will love me for me?

Luke 2:8-14 “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Comments

  1. Sara ~ I’m so glad I saw a link to your blog on Twitter. Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

  2. beautiful. just beautiful. xo

  3. thank you. thank you for sharing this peek into your day, into your revelation, into your heart. it’s always the best to remember what this season is all about. it’s essential in this fast-paced worldly world. thanks for bringing us back to basics sara. xox

  4. Beautiful, thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the best :love:

  5. Sara, thank you so much for this post. After the day I had today I really needed this.
    God bless you and everything you do.
    Thank you again.
    Melissa
    Allthangs

  6. There are so many hurting. Thank you for putting a voice out to those who need it. Thankful for His love and Him wanting to love me. :O)

  7. This is beautiful Sara!

  8. VERY inspirational as uusal:)
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  9. Hi girly,
    I was stopping by your blog to say “hi” and as I began to read and then the song began to play, I’ll be honest with you I almost turned it off. My heart just can’t bear it, I can’t think of that little boy without tearing up, then the next verse and the next.
    BUT I’m really glad I heard and read the entire article. Isn’t it a blessing to know that someone loves us for who we are,and not just someone BUT the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Thanks for the reminder friend!

  10. Beautiful post!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I read this over and over—-so beautifully written…so amazing is HIS grace, mercy and love for each and every one of us—I am blessed by how you write and show our Gods love—thank you Sara

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