A friend and neighbor sent me the following note this morning. It touched me deeply, so I pass it along to you:
When the weight of the world is on your shoulders, dance with those you love!
Dr. Rob Leach wrote: “Last week I heard the news about a mother here who lost her son in July and her husband in August. Sometimes the tragedy and heartbreak of life can seem just too overwhelming.
The popular singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, no stranger to loss and heartbreak himself, writes about this eloquently in his song, “Cinderella.” After he and his wife adopted three Chinese girls, he was inspired to write these lyrics:
She spins and she sways,
To whatever song plays,
Without a care in the world,
And I’m sitting here wearing,
The weight of the world
on my shoulders…
How often in life do those who love us tap us on the shoulder asking for a date, some time for play, or time just to sit with them on the porch and talk about dreams and goals and plans. No parent wants to outlive one of their children.
Perhaps only one who has suffered such gut wrenching loss as Chapman, who outlived two of his children, can see the wisdom of living for the moment with those you love. I have never believed God causes pain and tragedy, but surely the Creator of the universe can turn tragedy into hope. In Chapman’s case a brief look at the blogs about these lyrics dispels any notion that through Chapman’s suffering, millions have not been inspired:
So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oooooh, I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t wanna miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone…
So whatever your tragedy, and whatever weight is bearing down upon you today. Remember to take the hand of your wife, husband, daughter, granddaughter, family member or friend, especially when asked, and dance while the music is still playing. And guys listen to your wife about this one, she is right.”
Thanks Rob for a beautiful, thought provoking message. Send more.