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With Arms Wide Open

With Arms Wide Open (2)

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I was listening to this song by Creed – in the truck today while running an errand – and although I have heard it before and did not know it was written because Scott Stapp was about to be a father for the first time – the lyrics struck me in a different way altogether.

Because I was by myself – just driving and listening – I was deep in thought.  I had a moment just absorbing the music and thinking about how I want to be able to get to the point where nothing else matters to me except holding on to people whom I love – and those I have lost, with arms wide open. I don’t want any explanations or apologies for relationships that have gone bad – I just want to stop the madness.  I don’t care what I’ve been told – by well-meaning people who don’t know me – who can’t possibly understand why I’ve done the things that I have done.  I don’t want that to rule me.   I believe that God allows certain people to cross our path for a reason – to help us on our journey – to learn lessons from – to love.  And sometimes there is no explanation for feeling the way we do about people – it’s natural and instinctive. It goes deep to the heart level. It simply feels right for us.  They are important to us – just because they are.  Yes we need boundaries for our feelings and emotions – especially if they have hurt us – but we cannot be so locked up that we are unable to forgive, love and embrace those that God has given to us – even if they’ve hurt us.   I believe we all need each other to help us in our journey.  Friendship is a gift – and if it’s right – it should be forever no matter what has happened to mess it up.  Let the love of Christ be your guide.  Welcome those that have crossed your path with arms wide open. Don’t be so quick to dismiss it because of hurt or disappointment.  God doesn’t make mistakes – He gives you the people in your life for a reason.

It is important to remember how God loved us and gave himself up for us.  His loving, grace and mercy for all of us – the unlovely and unlovable – is forever our model of true Christ-like behavior.

I want to love that way – with no fear.  And that’s hard to do.  I have been hurt – more times than I care to remember.  But after a while I just can’t hide behind that anymore.  I have to give up all the ‘junior high childishness’ of holding people at an arm’s length – and just simply give in to love.  Accepting and loving – means surrendering with arms wide open. Whether or not I’ve been burned – whether or not others think I should – whether or not I think I should or not – loving and accepting because it’s the right thing to do.  What a concept.

And this is how I want to live.  I hope you do too.

 

My prayers are with you

 

God Bless

 

Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I closed my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy stream down my face

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open

Well I don’t know if I’m ready
To be the man I have to be
I’ll take a breath, I’ll take her by my side
We stand in awe, we’ve created life

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I’ll show you love
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I’ll show you everything …oh yeah
With arms wide open..wide open

[Guitar Break]

If I had just one wish
Only one demand
I hope he’s not like me
I hope he understands
That he can take this life
And hold it by the hand
And he can greet the world
With arms wide open…

With arms wide open
Under the sunlight
Welcome to this place
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
Now everything has changed
I’ll show you love
I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open
With arms wide open
I’ll show you everything..oh yeah
With arms wide open….wide open

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Comments on: "With Arms Wide Open" (3)

  1. Brenda Yates said:

    Just awesome!

  2. I didn’t know that’s why it was written either, Cindy. I’ve always loved the song. Guess I just didn’t listen carefully. If you read the words in that way, it’s pretty clear. Yes, friendships are dear, dear things, but I think they’re not all meant to be forever. Some are, some are not. I think people come into your life for a reason and walk out according to God’s plan. You learn both ways. . . with arms wide open.

    • Great song, isn’t it? I know I have had some friendships walk out due to misunderstandings and that have been as much my fault as theirs – and I hate for that to be the cause of a parting – but it does take two to heal that and if the other person doesn’t want to forgive and move past it then there is nothing I can do about it. But often it is just a case of losing touch with someone over the years and when found again (like facebook) you pick it up right where you left off like no time has gone by! It’s wonderful when that happens!! And then friendship is FOREVER! Like kindred spirits that were walking a parellel path but never connecting. I love when that happens – My friends, Ron, Ken, Mike, Deanna, John, JoJo, Dana, Carla T. and you are a TESTIMONY of that fact! The others must decide to come back in – or not – it’s up to them – my arms are WIDE OPEN.

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