01 February 2019

Desperado ~ Opening Thoughts

Greetings Dear Reader,

I am constantly amazed at how the human mind processes things.  A song, a Zippo lighter, and a long-time friend floated through my mind to resolve into a thought process that demands understanding.  One of the things which we fail to do is be easy to love.  We all have quirks and foibles that push others away from us. 

I promise to explain how we get from a Zippo lighter to that over the next few days.  What I want to do to introduce the next leg of our journey is to ask you to ponder something with me.  How do you resist love Dear Reader?  How do you refuse to let others love you?

It may not be obvious or we may not be aware of it.  We all do things to resist love.  We all in some way choose to mistrust or outwardly reject love.  In the same moment we long to be loved.  We have a need to be loved whether we accept it or not.  In this dichotomy of need and resistance is where we find most of our pain and suffering. 

The song on which I am going to focus for this stroll is not the song that triggered the thinking.  I am going to focus on Desperado by the Eagles.  The song that triggered this was one from our last foray, Don’t Tell Them Jesus Loves Them by Steve Camp.  There is a line in it, “oh the desperate men, crying out for help, in a world that seldom cares.”  

We often do not see how desperate we are for love and it drives us to do very stupid, selfish, and counter-productive things.  It is love that heals, destroys fear, crushes barriers, and builds peace.  I want to examine for a bit how we resist love in order to help me be more aware of how to love and be more lovable.

I hope you will journey with me as I attempt this.  I know that I have deep fears and pain that make me difficult to love.  No matter what events created these problems in me, I need to get past them and realize how much I am loved already. I need to find my sufficiency in the love the Father has for me so that I am free to show love to others and receive what is offered.

I would find great joy if you journeyed with me through this song.  We can both learn how to allow love to reach us more easily.  We can even find better ways to love each other with more genuine compassion.  I am going to find ways to love you no matter what Dear Reader.  I hope that I can also find ways to be easier to love and less resistant to your way of showing it.  As always, your thoughts and insights are precious to me. 

Desperado – The Eagles

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
But I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet
Now, it seems to me some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're losin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you
Before it's too late

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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