Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wow-ful Women Wednesday

Sara Groves. I know, I know. I've highlighted her here before. Many times. But seriously, how can I not?

Today's post has a few back stories attached to it. Here are a couple:

This song has some of my favourite lyrics of all time. There are a few perfectly written lines, in my mind, that in such a small phrase (lyrically and melodically) can sum up a precise feeling. And I appreciate the beauty of that.

This song, as you will hear Sara talk about, was inspired by a line in a movie which I had seen before I knew of this song, and liked very much as well.

This song makes me miss my husband, and makes me grateful for the fact that I do indeed miss him. He goes out of town every so often for work, and I am grateful that we have the kind of marriage that makes me say, "Boy I miss that guy" instead of "Shucks, is he back already?" There is an "incompleteness" to me and to our family when he is physically absent. And what a great thing it is to see that, and acknowledge it, and to be grateful for his return.

And finally, this song proves my pastor right. Sara, when she introduces this song, talks about the different kinds of happy in her marriage. I haven't experienced exactly what she is speaking of, but I remember my pastor trying to convince my love sick fiance and me that the high flame of newlyweddedness would subside and would develop into the longer lasting, more desireable, greater heatedness of long burning embers. I couldn't imagine anything changing in how I felt about my incredible man, and likely thought my pastor was wrong about us. Maybe other people's love slows down to a simmer, but not ours. But that's not what he was saying. And he was right. *This* kind of "we've been married for almost 15 years" kind of love is better than the "wow, I'm 20!" kind of love. And I'm guessing the "We've been married almost 30 year" kind of love will be better yet! Why? because now we have history. Now we have proof that the promises we made that day, we've kept. And there is a trust. And I'm so grateful. (Mind you, that doesn't mean my heart doesn't still pick up the pace with excitement when I see Chris walk into a room.)

So without further ado, here is "Different Kinds of Happy" by Sara Groves. And don't mind all the mood wrecking chatter with the radio host before and after.

go on and ask me anything
what do you need to know
I'm not holding on to anything
I'm not willing to let go of
to be free, to be free

I've got to ask you something
but please don't be afraid
there's a promise here thats heavier
than your answer might weigh
baby it's me, it's me

it's a sweet, sweet thing
standing here with you and nothing to hide
light shining down to our very insides
sharing our secrets, bearing our souls,
helping each other come clean

secrets and cyphers
there's no good way to hide
there's redemption in confession
and freedom in the light
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid

better than our promises
is the day we got to keep them
I wish those two could see us now
they never would believe how
there are different kinds of happy
different kinds of happy
there are different kinds of happy
different kinds of happy


Anonymous said...

Very timely. I will think on that next week! It IS good to miss them. I suppose it makes reuniting that much sweeter as well. There are indeed different kinds of happy. I didn't have a clue when I first got married. Thought is was all about me/us. L.

Sheryl Shantz said...

Barb, yes! this is what my marriage feels like to me too. I always struggled with trying to put these feelings into words when trying to explain it to others but you have captured it so well.