Thursday, October 23, 2014

Broken Together

Every so often I hear a song on the radio that instantly (and I do mean instantly) captivates my soul. 

This past week I was lying on the couch and heard this song and had to Shazam it to learn more about the origin. When I Googled the lyrics I found out the meaning behind this precious song (see following paragraph) and was stunned. Few things take my breath away and this was surely one of them. This song is perfect for us married folks. No matter what anyone says or portrays, we have ALL experienced some strain in our marriage at some point or another. What we decide to do with the strain is another story. Some cannot work or choose not to through the pain and strife and decide that being apart is best (and quite frankly, sometimes that IS best for the couple). Others painstakingly work through the tribulation and end up stronger than they were prior to the pain. If you are currently married and are experiencing hardship, know you are not alone. You are not perfect. And neither is your spouse. Be broken together and fight for what God intentionally placed together. 


Recommendation: Read the following paragraph and then watch the video with your spouse.

“Marriage is tough. We bring a lot of fairytales to the picture when it comes to marriage. We bring them to the altar with us [thinking]: ‘This is going to be perfect. We don’t have to be apart. We can just wake up together every morning and no one is going to have morning breath. We’re not going to have any problems.’ And then the problems hit and you don’t know where to file those into your picture. . . The idea I’m trying to say is: ‘Can you lay down who you thought I was and love the ‘me’ that is? Can we take this from where we are now and realize that I can’t be that person?’ Only God is going to be able to make this work and broken people can be broken together. To me, it’s probably the most important song on the record.”
--Casting Crowns

What do you think about when you look at me
I know were not the fairytale you dreamed wed be
You wore the veil, you walked the aisle, you took my hand
And we dove into a mystery

How I wish we could go back to simpler times
Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light
Now on this hallowed ground, weve drawn the battle lines
Will we make it through the night

Its going to take much more than promises this time
Only God can change our minds

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and Ill bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we'll last forever is broken together

How it must have been so lonely by my side
We were building kingdoms and chasing dreams and left love behind
Im praying God will help our broken hearts align
And we wont give up the fight

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