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How Long Do You Want To Be Loved?

As I wait for my nails to dry, with both my husband and son sound asleep, when all I can hear is the Dixie Chicks song "Lullaby" -- playing over, and over, and over again, because my son insists on falling asleep to that song on repeat every night -- I begin to wonder at God's love for us.

The chorus says:

How long do you want to be loved?

Is forever enough, is forever enough?

How long do you want to be loved?

Is forever enough, 'cause I'm never, ever giving you up.

Beautiful, isn't it?


I don't know for sure, and I'm too lazy right now to cross-check, but my assumption is that this song is written from mother to child. Even if that's not true though and the song is about a dog or a cup of coffee, think of a parent's love for their child. I'm sorry if this triggers any reminders of any trauma, but for anyone who can, please, think of your parents' love for you. And if you are a parent, think for a moment about how much you actually love your child. Can you measure it? Can you label it? It's an unfathomable, stubborn, truly unconditional love, isn't it?

How long do you want to be loved?

Is forever enough, 'cause I'm never, ever giving you up.

"I'm never, ever giving you up." No matter what, I will always love my son. There is absolutely nothing he could do that would make me stop loving him, or even make me love him less. Of course there have been things and there will be abundantly more things that will disappoint me or frustrate me beyond measure (wee!), but nothing he could do or say will ever destroy my love for him.

Now. God. If you can grasp, even with the tiniest bit of understanding, the amount of love a parent has for their child, imagine how much love God has for you! (This is comparable because we are his children.) Imagine God singing that chorus to you! Did you know that there is absolutely nothing we could do to make God stop loving us, or love us less?

Since I'm all about songs right now (and always), let me refer to another, this one by Bethany Dillon. It's called "Tell Me" and the bit I'm replaying in my head right now is the bridge:

Unchangeable, unconquerable
Immovable, irremovable
Unwavering, untiring
Unflinching, stubborn love of God

Beautiful truth.

I can honestly say that being a parent has helped me understand God's love more than I ever could have on my own terms. To be clear, I'm not saying, by any means, that anyone who doesn't have a child understands God's love any less than I do. In my particular case though, having a son has really opened my eyes to understand His love more completely.

I'll just end with this scripture:

Romans 8 NIV

35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

37-39. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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