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Here comes that hissing voice, within, without,
Tempting your behavior.
Maybe a little slip, a soft white lie
Or maybe full blown failure
And for a moment you turn back into
The person that you despise.
You turn away from the Father who loves you
To the father of lies.

But nothing can separate us from God's love.
Not height or depth, life or death,
Things right now or things to come
Nothing is strong enough, there is no power,
Nor angels or creatures or even ourselves.
Nothing can separate us from God's love.

Everything just piles up and falls back down.
It's more than you can bear.
The circumstance has turned, flipped around.
Hopeless. Silent prayer.
And for a moment you lose your way,
Your hope, your strength, your will.
You look around for the Father who loves you.
And he is waiting there still.

But nothing can separate us from God's love.
Not height or depth, life or death,
Things right now or things to come
Nothing is strong enough, there is no power,
Nor angels or creatures or even ourselves.
Nothing can separate us from God's love.

No. Nothing!

It’s all so dramatic

Someone told me a little while ago, “Some of your songs sound like musicals.” Although I am not really a big fan, I decided to give it a go and see what I could come up. I certainly don’t have a Broadway voice (perhaps more of an alleyway) but I tried to give it the old “break a leg” try.

So everything became very dramatic. But aren’t we surrounded by drama everyday? The battle between good and evil, both seen and unseen, plays out all around us. We struggle with our failures and addictions and horrible selfishness, and at the same time we want to do things that are kind and caring. We see greed and self-centeredness as well as terrible hurts and suffering. But we also see beauty and love and children and autumn leaves.

Unfortunately, the unlovely and the unloving overwhelm us. And we know who we are deep inside and we don’t really like it. It is such an effort to love, yet so easy to be selfish. No matter how we try, for all our feeble successes at being compassionate, we never live up to who we want to be.

This is tragedy that no stage can contain.

But God disrupts all this with His love. We think we understand, we think we know ourselves, we think we know we have to really try harder, we think we know we are hiding our shame really well. But God says, “Uh, no. But it’s ok. Because no matter what I love you.”

Nothing can keep us from His love, because love is an essential part of God’s nature. It is who He is. He is everywhere, His love is everywhere. He exists in all of time and space, His love exists in all of time and space. He created everything, His love is in everything. We can’t be separated from God’s love, because we can never be separated from God.

This is not a theology book, so I’m not going to go into all the issues involved in God’s justice, immutability, the need for redemption, etc. The thought for right here and right now is—God loves you. Whoever you are, whatever you’ve done, whatever the situation, and no matter who or what is trying to get in the way. He loves you. End of scene. Exit stage left.

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It is really hard to arrange “orchestra” instruments. Just saying. I thought there should be some percussion or dramatic drums. I couldn’t make it work. It is also really easy to just sound silly when you are trying to sing with “stage emotion”. That’s my take on writing “for Broadway.”

…And God’s love really is amazing! Nothing can separate us. Nothing!