Song Nine: Arms of Love (Doug & The Slugs)
I sing a simple song of love,
To my Savior, to my Jesus.
I’m grateful for the things you’ve done.
My loving Savior, My precious Jesus.
My heart is glad, that you’ve called me your own.
There’s no place I’d rather be.
Than in your arms of love.
Than in your arms of love.
Holding me still, Holding me near,
In Your arms of love.
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Doug holding his three loves.
Wow, this song caught me off guard. As I started listening to it, after writing the last reflection, I couldn’t stop the tears. It wasn’t like Doug to use words like “precious Jesus”, and “loving Savior”. Yet here is Doug’s love song, if you will, for his Jesus. He expresses his gratitude for what Jesus has done for him. Jesus’s arms of love is where Doug is now. Jesus never left Doug, but carried Him all the way through the process of leaving this life to life eternal. Not what we desired, but safe in the arms of Jesus.
I am reminded of the song Rich Mullins recorded based on Psalm 73:25 (Rich, who lived in my home town for some years, died as a result of injuries from a car accident while Doug was ill.);
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
And from Psalm 84:
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Another passage beautifully put to music by Brahms in his “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place”. (Requiem) A favorite choral number of our father.
And finally, from Revelation 21;
Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Take some time to consider the love Jesus has for you. Re-read the scripture passages. Find these songs on you-tube and listen to them. The Morman Tabernacle Choir has a great recording of the Brahms. Listen to Doug’s song again – “a simple song of love to my Savior, my Jesus.” May you find peace and joy in Jesus, your Savior, and hope for when God will make all things new, when He will well among His children forever. Doug’s prayer, and mine as well, is that you will be among God’s children and experience the love of Jesus as Doug did. Now and forever. Amen.