Love is here

6 02 2008

I’ve been shopping all day, and I’m back now. It’s Chinese New Year tomorrow, and we have the obligatory big dinner tonight, followed by relatives visiting and all that. It’s overwhelming that there are so many traditions we have to maintain, but at the same time, watching my mum potter around the kitchen, and smelling the food smells throughout the house during the hours leading up to the main event, my heart is near bursting with love for these people. I can’t imagine what festivals like this one, where family is so important, would be like if I had no family to celebrate it with, even if my head does feel it’s going to explode from the annoyance and frustration that accompanies the stress of the festival. The preparations for the big festivals – Christmas, New Year – build and build and build until somehow it’s released, and it’s usually through the sound of people screaming and shouting and perhaps not a little swearing.

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But I’m comforted to feel that the love is still here, in the food that is made, and the dinner that will be had with everyone sitting around the same huge dining table and this song touched me this afternoon on the radio:

Tenth Avenue North – Love Is Here
Come to the waters
You who thirst and you’ll thirst no more
Come to the Father
You who work and you’ll work no more

All you who labor in vain
And to the broken and shamed

Love is here
Love is now
Love is pouring from His hands from His brow
Love is near it satisfies
Streams of mercy flowing from His side
Cause Love is here

Come to the treasure
You who search and you’ll search no more
Come to the lover
You who want and you’ll want no more

All you who labor in vain
And to the broken and shamed

And to the bruised and fallen
Captives bound and brokenhearted
He is the Lord, He is the Lord
By His stripes He’s paid our ransom
From His wounds we drink salvation
He is the Lord, He is the Lord

Love is here
Love is now
Love is pouring from His hands from His brow
Love is near it satisfies
Streams of mercy flowing from His side

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2 responses

9 06 2009
Webb

thanks for helping me find this song title…I heard it on the radio and was trying to figure out who sang it. why does the song mean so much to you?

9 06 2009
vanessamanchester

For me, it means that the crap of this world is only temporary, and that there is hope. What does it mean to you? Thanks for your comment 🙂

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