Because You Loved Me

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you…

Celine Dion sings about someone who gives her strength in weakness, comfort in pain, her constant, consistent source of joy, peace, optimism and hope – totally reliable, totally dependable… It’s a love song.

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘cause you believed
I’m everything I am, because you loved me,

I sing similar words and sentiments in church, expressing my faith and trust in a loving Father God who’s there for me when I need him most – who believes in me, loves me, and trusts me with life… It’s a worship song.

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand, I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me, and I stood tall
I had your love, I had it all
I’m grateful for each day you gave me

The best of human love… the divine love of a relational God… This song also shows me the love that I should have for those around me – that people should say of me, ‘I was blessed because I was loved by you.’ This song inspires me to love others.

…I look for love in others. Rejecting the culture of proud independence that brings isolation, I seek out the present, tender, inspirational loving best in others. Impossible? I’d rather be naïve than cynical. This song teaches me to see love in, and receive love from, everybody.

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