Reckless Forgiver

Fourteen years ago (GASP!), I heard Jars of Clay for the very first time. Two of their songs immediately became my favorites. One was called Worlds Apart (another day I promise)and the second was Love Song for a Savior.

Love Song for a Savior is one of their more direct songs. A girl, thankful for nature surrounding her, a church community not really hearing the message of their preacher and how they’ll eventually understand his love, run to Him, and cry out “I want to fall in love with you”.

In the last couple of years, I’ve realized it would be the perfect wedding song. How perfect? I want to fall in love with Christ, my savior. I want to fall in love with my spouse. I want to fall for both of them, together, for the rest of my life.

Then, I heard Reckless Forgiver (off their new album). Well, again, it’s clear just in the name how this can relate both to God and my future spouse. Here’s the chorus:

All I want is peace like a river,

long life of sanity,

love that won’t leave too soon,

someone to pull out the splinters,

a reckless forgiver,

you know I’m talking to you.

Funny on a strictly physical level because I have had my share of splinters (since I insist on being barefoot so often) and so realistic on a spiritual level too. This is exactly who I need God to be, as well as a spouse.

Give me peace, sanity, love that will last, remove the hurts, and always forgive. Give me that kind of God and husband. Then I will believe the intro line to the song, “Loneliness, loneliness, it won’t last forever!” 

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