[Love the person you are next to. Whether it be your husband, friend, stranger, enemy or grandma! Just love them. Give a hug, a smile, a note, a hot meal; give yourself to others and you will never regret it. My goal is to inspire, encourage, and invite those around me to see life differently. Brighter, purposeful, and so important. It's simple: Faith expressing itself through l.o.v.e.]

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A song and a story.

Music has such an incredible way of transforming time. We hear a song, and in an instant, we are back to a particular moment in time, nothing else needed but a few notes.

For me, there are so many pivotal moments that music changed my life, or the opposite, my life was changing and a certain song was on or was played for me and it will be forever melded. The song, "Come to me" is one of them. For better or worse, it will forever be a part of me, at my core.

The day I found out my mom had cancer, she had ended up in the hospital for a complication from post surgery medication. At that time they hadn't told us that she had a tumor, because they were waiting on results, and didn't want to scare us. But there she was in the hospital anyways, so my parents decided to tell us. We cried. Obviously, we cried hard. My mom being the person she was, tried to console us, she drew me in close and told me that God had been putting a song over her heart, and she wanted to play it for me. I tried to tell her no, many times, and finally she firmly yet softly said, "Colleen, I need you to listen to this song." I agreed.  We cried more. Only the strong point us to Christ, in the presence of immediate crisis. Mom was that way. She was always directing my heart to Christ. Even at the cost of her life. She pointed it ALL to Christ. Please click the link and listen to the song, and read the lyrics. What a song.

Come to Me

"I am the Lord your God, I go before you now
I stand beside you, I’m all around you
Though you feel I’m far away, I’m closer than your breath
I am with you, more than you know

I am the Lord your peace, no evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind, come into My rest
Oh, let your faith arise, lift up your weary head
I am with you wherever you go

Come to Me, I’m all you need.
Come to Me, I’m everything
Come to Me, I’m all you need.
Come to Me, I’m your everything

I am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
I am your steadfast, so don’t be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you, I’m your faithful strength
I am with you wherever you go

Come to Me, I’m all you need.
Come to Me, I’m your everything
Come to Me, I’m all you need.
Come to Me, I’m your everything

Don’t look to the right or to the left but keep your eyes on Me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved ooh
I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way
Just come to Me, come to Me, cause I’m all that you need"

It's this song that brings me back, every time. To that raw moment of despair, the moment I collapsed into their arms. That moment my mom knew. She knew that unlike anytime before, WE needed to come to the Lord, for this would be quite a hard road before us. 

What she didn't know and what makes this song even more incredible, is the faithfulness of God and the incredible ways he works. When my moms cancer came back, we knew we didn't have much time. She wanted to have a "good bye" party. Only she would. Two of my closest friends flew down to sing at the party. After the party, my mom let go. My friends wanted to sing at her bedside before they left, and my friend said God kept putting a song over her heart to sing. With no knowledge of the songs importance in my moms journey, she says "Have you heard of the song "Come to Me" by Bethel Music? I began to cry. I had chills. I told her the story, and we agreed it was the perfect song to sing. 

In those final weeks our house was so busy. So many people helping, so much to be done. But in this moment, the house went quiet, everyone stopped and sat and listened. Tears streaming down as we were blessed by the voices of angels pouring Gods truth over my mom. What a blessing. What a moment, to encounter at the end of my moms life, the song God gave her, was sung over her in her final days. I will never forget it. Ever. I am forever changed by this song, and I hope God uses it to change you as well.  

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