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Beautiful To Me

Occasionally if not all the time we need to know that we are special, the lyrics below are a reminder of that, from a song by Don Francisco, called Beautiful To Me. Or if your prefer scroll to the bottom of the post and there is a link to youtube where you can see the song played. May God bless you today and may you come to know how deeply loved you are by the living God. May that love puncture any balloons of negativity or self loathing, and set you free.

The crowds were in the streets that day when Jesus came
to town All the synagogue was there and more from miles around
So I asked him home to dinner just to see what I could
see Of this famous local prophet from here in Galilee

And I don’t know just how that woman got into the room
But you couldn’t miss her gaudy clothes and her strong
and sweet perfume. She went straight to Jesus’ feet and stopped and stood
right there Then cried and wet His feet with tears and dried them
with her hair.

Now of all the women in my town none was more well
known For the flagrant sin she’d lived in and the wickedness
she’d sown. But He didn’t move to stop her — seemed this phophet
couldn’t tell That the woman who was touching Him was the kind they
buy and sell.

And I had no idea just what this Jesus planned to do
When he said “Simon, there’s something I need to say to
you.”So I said “Teacher, if it’s on your mind then tell me
what you will.” But as He began to speak to me the room grew quickly
still

He said “Take a good look at this woman now, in spite
of all her fears She’s kissed me and anointed me and washed my feet with
tears. She’s honoured me and you’ve been only rude to me
instead. You gave no kiss of greeting, no anointing for my
head.”

And her sins were red as scarlet and now they’re washed
away. The love and faith she’s shown is all the price she has
to pay For the depth of God’s forgiveness, it’s more than you
can see And in spite of what you think of her, she’s beautiful
to me

Now my anger flamed to hatred, I wanted nothing more
Than to take this prophet by the throat and throw Him
out the door To act like God, forgiving sins, and then speak so to
me. This itinerant from Nazareth in backwards Galilee.

But instead I sat and trembled, shaken to the core
The woman still was weeping as she knelt there on the
floor Jesus turned to her and said, “Your chains have been
released Your faith has saved you from your sins, rise — walk
in peace.”

Your sins were red as scarlet but now they’re washed
away. The love and faith you’ve shown is all the price you
have to pay For the depth of God’s forgiveness, it’s deeper than
the sea And no matter what the world may think, you’re
beautiful to me.
Lyrics taken from <a href=”http://www.elyrics.net/read/d/don-francisco-lyrics/beautiful-to-me-lyrics.html&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>this page</a>

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Overcoming The Darkness

There are moments in life where I have felt worthless, and lying in my bed one night as a teenager soon after I came to Christ, I was in one of those moments, where I believed wholeheartedly in my own personal worthlessness, and general depravity. I was in a dorm room and whilst being surrounded by people felt truly alone. This loneliness had been around me for sometime, increasing its intensity and then lessening as was its way.

In the week that I had given my life to Christ, a woman who we shall called Amanda gave me a cassette tape of a christian country singer, Don Francisco. Lying in my bed that night I reached for my Sony Walkman (iPods hadn’t been invented in the early 90s) I inserted the tape and pressed the play button receiving that reassuring click as my music was piped into my ear phones.

There was one song that struck me, there lying in the darkness, it was as though this bloke was singing directly to me, lyrics that fitted with my emotional state. The song Beautiful To Me, is the story of the woman who knelt before Jesus, tear stained and retched seeking Gods grace. As she wiped his feet with her hair, Jesus forgave, restored and renewed her, and she never heard the condemnation of the hosts in her heart, for Gods grace had filled her heart and protected it from the spears and barbs of the human tongue.

The song led me into Gods presence, a feeling of love I will never forget, an awareness that no matter how literally dark the world can be, the light and love of God can will and does break through.

Did this mean my first year as a Christian got easier? Actually no, it got a lot worse. But I had discovered a friend and I listened to that track of music over and over and over, for it sustained me. I didn’t have access to the bible, and so the song became my teaching, my window into the things of God and what I’d discovered was that he loved me, knew me and was my friend, no matter what hell I was about to step into, he would be there.

Could he have stopped my hardship it? Yes, do I blame him for not stopping it? Not now, because I have grown from it, I have a deeper compassion and awareness of personal hell than I would otherwise have done. And I hope can offer the love and grace I received from God to others who do not have a song, let alone awareness of a God in whose image we each are made.

To you, who are in a fight of your life and are lying on the train tracks of life waiting for the train, or you who are in your own private hell. My prayer is for you today, lean not in your own understanding, but in the one who sees the bigger picture, the beginning and end, and loves you, really loves you, so much that no matter what’s happened, wherever you have been or ended up, His grace is always bigger, more expansive more powerful than the darkness.

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