Torn Asunder

“There is something more important than self-preservation.”  I heard those words said on Sunday at church and immediately wrote them down.  In my last post, I challenged readers to think about how they viewed things that do just that — self-preserve.  That is what healthy living is all about, right?  Trying to live as long as possible and as healthily as possible.  What could be more important?

I walked outside this morning to a front yard that had died.  Just yesterday, it was vibrant with purples and oranges and now it was ugly and dead after the frost we had last night.  There are wonderful things about October: pumpkins, colorful leaves, post-season baseball, boots, sweaters, etc.  It’s a great month, but when you think about it, things are starting to die.  Leaves are blown off the trees and flower beds freeze.  To top it off, as I walk with my kids around the neighborhood, I have to explain to them why people put ghosts in their windows and hang skeletons from their trees.  Death.  For the past five Octobers, there has been a pang of sadness for our family.  We watched my husband’s mom die that October.  October is a reminder that winter is coming.

Here is what started all this — I was introduced to a song last week called “When My Heart is Torn Asunder”, and it had this line in it: “My body might be dying but I’ll always be alive.”  In light of how I have been feeling about October, this hit me hard.  Phil Wickham talks about this song that he wrote by saying “For Christians…when you think about your greatest fear and you take it to the end, there’s heaven…there’s hope.”  I was/am slightly obsessed with this song as the lyrics are phenomenal and the melody is sweet.  It is so clearly about the fact that there is hope for the hopeless…for the helpless.  When death is near, when your heart is torn asunder and broken to pieces — physically or emotionally or spiritually — when the world just falls apart, THERE IS LIFE.

This past week, something else also happened:  I got the Christmas itch.  I starting pinning all kinds of things on my Pinterest Christmas board.  Maybe it was because I was so aware of death’s darkness, but the good news is that Christmas is coming.  We celebrate Christ’s birth in the midst of a cold and dark winter.  The fact that a Divine King had the humility to come save dying and helpless people is mind-boggling.  THERE IS HOPE.  There is something more important than self-preservation.  We all will die, but do we all have life?  “My body might be dying but I’ll always be alive.”

Phil Wickham – When My Heart Is Torn Asunder Lyrics

Artist: Phil Wickham

Album: The Ascension
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/phil-wickham/when-my-heart-is-torn-asunder-lyrics/#clFwsAu5Ije4kixi.99

When my heart
Is torn asunder
And my world
Just falls apart
Lord You put
Me back together
And lift me up
To where You are

There is hope
Beyond the suffering
Joy beyond the tears
Peace in every tragedy
Love that conquers fear
I have found redemption
In the blood of Christ
My body might be dying
But I’ll always be alive

You have turned
Mourning to dancing
You have covered me with grace
The struggle here
May last a moment
But life with You
Will last always

There is hope
Beyond the suffering

Joy beyond the tears

Peace in every tragedy
Love that conquers fear
I have found redemption
In the blood of Christ
My body might be dying
But I’ll always be alive

When the age
Of death is over
And this world
Has been reborn
I’ll be there
Beside my Savior
This is our GREAT
And rich reward

There is hope
Beyond the suffering
Joy beyond the tears
Peace in every tragedy
Love that conquers fear
I have found redemption
In the blood of Christ
My body might be dying
But I’ll always be alive

2 comments

  1. mlaiken · October 20, 2015

    Thank you for your blog, Emily. I needed to reminded of these truths today:) May God’s comfort be yours, Carolyn Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:07:15 +0000 To: mcaiken1@msn.com

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  2. Rick Culp · October 21, 2015

    Love the post and the song….Sent from Yahoo Ma

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