My baby sister is getting married this week. Eeek! We have had a busy last few weeks, and this next week will be even busier. One of the things I have done, along with my other sister, to prepare, is practice singing a song that we will sing at the wedding luncheon. The song is called "I Will Never Leave You" and is from the musical Sideshow, which is about siamese twin sisters. It has been a tradition in our family to sing this song at wedding luncheons. My youngest sister and I sang it at our other sister's wedding, and my sisters sang it at mine. I've loved the song for many years because my sisters truly are my best friends, so the sentiment in it is very real to me. They have always been there for me. But this time as I've been practicing, it's taken on a new meaning. I began to look at it from the perspective of how the Lord never leaves us alone--in times of happiness, nor in times of sorrow. He is always near.
The chorus of the song goes like this:
"I will never leave you.
I will never go away.
We were meant to share each moment.
Beside you is where I will stay.
Ever more and always, we'll be one, though we're two.
For I will never leave you."
When I look at this song from a different perspective, I can just imagine that this is what the Lord would say to each one of us if we would listen. He will never leave us. In fact, he says just that in the scriptures (See John 14:18). He desires that we become one with Him (See John 17:20-25) and that we one day join Him where He is. I know that to be true. He is with us always.
The 2nd verse of the song says:
"When the day is filled with shadows
That stretch into the night,
I am filled with your sweet comfort,
Like morning fills with light."
There have been many times in my life when this has been true for me. I have felt alone, abandoned, heartbroken, etc., and, having sought divine comfort, I have received it. The light has returned.
Now, the other important thing to consider is whether or not we would say these things to our Savior. Can I honestly say that I will never leave Him? That I will never go away? That I long to be one with Him? That I desire to join Him where He is? We know where the Savior stands, but where do we stand?
One of my favorite stories in the New Testament takes place after Jesus has given the sermon of the Bread of Life. After He boldly proclaimed that He was the Bread of Life, many of His disciples "walked no more with Him." How sad that must have been to Him. He alone really understood what these people were missing out on. And so, in what I am sure must have been akin to despair, the Savior asked the twelve, "Will ye also go away?" Simon Peter, who had already had his doubts, and who would again have them, said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:66-68)
I stand with Simon Peter. I have not always been as stalwart and faithful as I should have been. I have made mistakes. And I'm sure I will make them again in the future. But I do know that Jesus Christ has the words of eternal life. I know that He is "the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6) I know that if we choose to follow Him, and to never leave Him, our sorrows can be swept away and our joy can be made more glorious. I choose to stay with Him.
See above for the link to the original Broadway cast recording of "I Will Never Leave You." For some reason it won't let me upload the actual video on here...
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