Friday, August 9, 2013

Your Love Never Fails


Our kids learned this song at camp this summer and it has become our family’s theme song this past month (with the ups and downs of our adoption journey, with CJ’s leaving for the US on his own for a month-long backpacking trip, with the difficult decision for the rest of us not to fly back to the States to take him to college because of our inability to complete our adoption in time, with CJ’s breaking his wrist two days ago—resulting in his not being able to finish the last week of his trip, with the promising news yesterday that we should be able to get matched with the two boys and hopefully obtain a 3 month extension on our paperwork—because the route we are now taking might take that long, and with all the uncertainties of our plans for the future.) This one thing remains.

Jordan painted the words to put up in her room when she got back from camp:


You can listen to the song here:




One Thing Remains
(lyrics by Kristian Stanfill)

 “Your love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me.
Your love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me.
Your love never fails, it never gives up, never runs out on me.
Your love. Your love. Never gives up on me.

And it’s higher than the mountains that I face.
And it’s stronger than the power of the grave.
And it’s constant in the trial and the change.
This one thing remains.

And on and on and on and on it goes.
Yes, it overwhelms and satisfies my soul.
And I’ll never, ever have to be afraid
‘Cause this one thing remains
This one thing remains.

In death, in life, I’m confident and covered
By the power of your great love.
My debt is paid.
There’s nothing that can separate
My heart from your great love.

It’s your love, your love.”

Jordan chose this, as her favorite song, to be the topic of her writing assignment last week. She wrote:

“The reason this song is so dynamic is because of its words. Although the music does greatly enhance the words’ power, the effect the song gives, comes from the words themselves.

Why do the words have such an effect? One of the reasons why this song is so comforting is because it really has nothing to do with ourselves. It’s all based on God’s great love! No matter how we change or how our circumstances change (as the first verse says) His love will stay the same.

The words of this song are so soothing, reassuring, heartening, cheering, uplifting, and thrilling because they so accurately portray the unlimited, boundless, great and powerful love God has for us.

After listening to this song, we can better realize the truthfulness and importance of David’s words:

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens; your faithfulness to the skies…How priceless is your unfailing love! (Psalm 36:5,7)”

With the help of a dictionary and thesaurus just over a week ago, Charly captured the following list of all that Abba, and His love, will NEVER be:

fail: to be lacking or insufficient; fall short / to lose power or strength; weaken; die away / to stop operating or working / to be deficient or negligent in an obligation, duty, or expectation / to be unsuccessful in obtaining a desired end; be unable to do or become / to be useless or not helpful to; be inadequate for; disappoint / to leave; abandon

        missing, absent, not there, inattentive, forgetful, uninvolved, indifferent, ineffective, fruitless, powerless, hopeless, futile, incompetent, not up to it, vain, doomed to failure, let down, walk out on, disown, give up

And it’s higher than the mountains that I face.
And it’s stronger than the power of the grave.
And it’s constant in the trial and the change.

This one thing remains.
It’s your love, your love.


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