Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fatherhood and Theology

     I was driving back last night with my lovely wife from Dallas (we spent the week in the Bahamas) and we were scanning the radio for music to listen to.  I will admit that since we have been married, I have managed to listen to more and more country music...and enjoyed it.  The song that came on the country station we were listening to was a song that I had heard before, but I had never really sat and listened to the lyrics.  I found myself fascinated with the lyrics.  The lyrics are a mixture of a father's love and terrific theology...makes me think of the Prodigal Son parable.  Without further ado, I give you the lyrics to George Strait's, "Love Without End, Amen."

I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye.
Fightin' was against the rules and it didn't matter why.
When dad got home I told that story just like I'd rehearsed.
And then stood there on those tremblin' knees and waited for the worst.

And he said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us."
He said, "Daddies don't just love their children every now and then.
It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen."

When I became a father in the spring of '81
There was no doubt that stubborn boy was just like my father's son.
And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end,
I took my daddy's secret and I passed it on to him.

And I said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us."
I said, "Daddies don't just love their children every now and then.
It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen."

Last night I dreamed I died and stood outside those pearly gates.
When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake.
If they know half the things I've done, they'll never let me in.
And then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again.

And They said, "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us.
You see Daddies don't just love their children every now and then.
It's a love without end, amen, it's a love without end, amen." 

source of lyrics: http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/strait-george/love-without-end-amen-2693.html

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