Love never dies

-Merry Friday by Parris Bailey

Last week Frank and I were able to do our yearly pilgrimage going up to Maggie Valley to visit my mom. This trip would be different because this would be the first time my stepdad of over 30 years wouldn’t be there, because he went to be with the Lord in early spring. This trip was also different because it was just Frank and me going up instead of my children, grand kids or other relatives. We decided to take our road bikes and stop along the way in Chattanooga because they a have a 16 mile round trip bike path meandering through woods all along the Tennessee river. It proved to be a special moment for me, since I love outdoors, adventure, and of course to do it all with Frank makes for a perfect day. I love spending time with mom looking out her window to a beautiful view of Mt. Pisgah that I have grown so accustomed to, picking blackberries and walking through the woods. One night we watched the new movie “Love Never Dies”, which is the opera that Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote as a sequel to “Phantom of the Opera”. Frank and I immediately fell in love with the title song; and we played the sound track all the way back to Nola. These are the words;

Love Never Dies
“Who knows when love begins, who knows what makes it start
One day it’s simply there, a life inside your heart
It slips into your thoughts, it infiltrates your soul
It takes you by surprise, then seizes full control
Try to deny it and try to protest
But love won’t let you go, once you’ve been possessed

Love never dies, love never falters
Once it has spoken, love is yours
Love never fails, love never alters
Hearts may get broken, love endures
Hearts may get broken, love endures

And soon as you submit, surrender flesh and bone
That love takes on a life much bigger than your own
It uses you at whim, and drives you to despair
And forces you to feel more joy than you can bear
Love gives you pleasure and love brings you pain
And yet, when both are gone, love will still remain

Love never dies, love will continue
Love keeps on beating, when you’re gone
Love never dies, once it is in you
Life may be fleeting, love lives on
Life may be fleeting, Love lives on”

The song hints of 1st Cor.13. When you let the love of God permeate your very being everything changes. When a loved one is taken, Christ loves lives on, relationships take on a heavenly language, even the earth seems to resound with the language of love.
Yes, love never dies because love is eternally wrapped up in the very bosom of God. Thank you Father for ever communicating to me through the many changing seasons of my life that “life may be fleeting, but your love never dies.”

4 Replies to “LOVE NEVER DIES”

  1. Amen, the Love our Father gives us is unconditional Love daily. Thank you Father for showing me the Real love in my heart and that Love is YOU and comes from You. Blessings Pastor Parris.

  2. wow……..hadn’t ever heard of this musical, Parris. Will have to see it. Isn’t it cool how, when you’re listening for the Lord, that the Holy Spirit uses everything?

    so glad you had a good visit.

  3. Gods love is truly eternal! Mark 12:29-30. Psalm 23-24. Love is important to God! Therefore it should be important to his children! 1John5:1-3. Psalm 42:7-8. God bless you my friends!

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