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Friday, February 11, 2011

Dear Friend

So it's Friday night, and while the majority of campus is drinking and partying, I am sitting in my room.  Don't feel sorry for me, though, I like it this way.  Not that I don't like hanging out with my friends, just that I don't like being around all the worldliness.  I'd much rather escape to my safe haven and spend some time in worship.

I've been listening to some of my favorite encouraging music tonight.  On the list is definitely Twila Paris' 1984 hit "The Warrior is a Child."  The lyrics to that song are so perfect for anyone on a recovery journey.  Downhere's "Calmer of the Storm" is also a great one for anyone who is struggling with anything.  But while those two both can stand on their own, most definitely, they are not the songs that spoke to me the most tonight.

To be honest, the song that spoke to me the most tonight isn't directly a Christian song, but it can certainly be viewed as such.  The song is "Dear Friend" by Stacie Orrico.  I first heard this song while listening to some of my "complimentary" CDs Remuda Ranch gives to every patient they have.  That would put my first listening sometime after September 2004.  As far as the message of the song goes, with most praise songs I put myself in the position of the singer.  This song is different, in that I wish I were the friend being sung TO, not doing the singing to someone else.  It's a song that almost every female can relate to in at least one, but often both, of the roles (singer/listener) at some point in her life.  I often feel like the friend who needs to go it alone and who is strong enough alone, but when it comes down to it, bottom line is I can do NOTHING without Jesus.  While earthly friends are definitely wonderful to have, and make life much more tolerable, the only friend I truly NEED it Jesus.  And what a dear, dear Friend He is!!

I'm posting the lyrics and a link to the song on YouTube.  It's such a great recovery song, but like I said, a great song for any female, and some males, even.  Enjoy.

Dear Friend, what's on your mind
You don’t laugh the way you used to
But I've noticed how you cry
Dear friend, I feel so helpless
I see you sit in silence
As you face new pain each day
I feel there’s nothing I can do
I know you don’t feel pretty
Even though you are
But it wasn’t your beauty
That found room in my heart

Dear friend, you are so precious Dear Friend

Dear friend, I'm here for you
I know that you don’t talk too much
But we can share this day anew
Dear Friend, please don’t feel like you're alone
There is someone who is praying
Praying for your peace of mind
Hoping joy is what you'll find
I know you don’t feel weak
Even though you are
But it wasn’t your strength
That found room in my heart
Dear friend, you are so precious, Dear Friend

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