Friday, June 3, 2011

Oh, How He Loves Us

Happy Birthday to my beautiful cousin, Michael. We all miss you so very very much.

In the last weeks of Michael's life, as he sat in the hospital fighting cancer, my cousin Brian would spend hours with him, just sitting, or talking, or playing guitar and singing. One song that Michael kept requesting was How He Loves. It had a very important message that Michael reiterated over and over again with different people who visited him. This was that message:

Tears roll down my face today as I listen to this song that was so important to Michael.
Enjoy...and know how much He loves us all...

He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy
When all of a sudden
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

And Oh how He loves us
Oh, Oh how He loves us
How He loves us all

Yeah He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves us
Oh how He loves

We are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking
So Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about the way

And Oh how He loves us
Oh, Oh how He loves us
How He loves us all


Candice @ I Have Run said...

Made me sad. Thanks for sharing.

TRI714 said...

I can't see the video, but I know the sound well from Jesus Culture. I'm sorry for your loss and there is no words that can truly comfort death. But if he and you are a believer that will be enough said on that. GB ! GOD SPEED.


TRI714 said...

I meant I know the song well. I wish I could see or hear it right now.

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Wonderful tribute.

Anonymous said...

I know and LOVE that song.. Amen. Beautiful!!

Elizabeth said...

thoughts and prayers you and your family today!! hugs!!

Michael said...

Wonderful for you to still celebrate his birthday today. My thoughts are with you and your family. I know it's even more difficult at times like this.

Meredith said...

Can't get through that song without crying... picturing God with His arms wrapped tightly around my brother (battling cancer - actually not fighting anymore). Tightly around me. Holding onto the truth that He loves us more than anything. Love love love Him and love that song!!

Jenn said...

I LOVE that song. What a great tribute. I love how music can have such a way of speaking to our hearts. Sounds like Michael was such a beautiful person...

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Small Town Runner said...

Absolutely LOVE that song. David Crowder is a favorite band of mine and the lyrics are just what we ALL need to know.
Sorry for you and Michael's family at this birthday time. Hoping His peace washes over you.

Mike said...

I love that song too. We play it at our church. My favorite line is "all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory".

I recently lost a friend to cancer and as I sit hear listening to the video you posted, I have tears running down my face thinking of my friend and his family.

Kovas said...

Really nice tribute, now go out and celebrate Michael's life by being active with your family!

Chris K said...

I am very sorry. Heartbreaking, especially that he had a family.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

I remember your posts about him while he was still fighting. I'm sure you have lots of good memories of him.

Kate said...

Oh, Julie, this is a wonderful tribute to your cousin. We sing that song at church, too. So powerful. Knowing that someone we love is in a better place is a comfort, but it doesn't make losing them any less painful. Thinking of you and Michael.

Julie D. said...

What a legacy he has left! Oh, how HE does love us!! Hugs and prayers to your family. He sounds like he was an incredible man.

theAlmostRunner said...

I just saw this post. I absolutely love this song, and what a tribute to a life. Thank you for sharing!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Love this song.