Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on February 16, 2013.
Read: I Corinthians 3: 16-17
One of my all-time favorite musical artists is John Denver. His songs were songs of peace and love and told about the beauty of the earth. It was very tragic on the day that I woke up to the radio news telling me Denver has been killed in an airplane crash. I think that had he lived, he would have continued to make joyful music, which everyday people could relate to.
One of the songs that John wrote and sang was for his first wife, Annie. He really loved his wife and wrote "Annie's Song" to tell people about his love. They later divorced and I read that he was so upset during the divorce that he sawed all the legs off Annie's table, but that is another story!
I once heard "Annie's Song" being played on the radio and I listened carefully to the words. I thought to myself that although this song was written for a human being, it could have been written for God. We should let the love of God fill up our senses. We should allow the Holy Spirit to take over our lives and control us.
As you read the words to John Denver's ode to this wife, think about God. Has the Holy Spirit filled your life?
--Chad Hershberger Camp Mount Luther Director
Read and reflect on the words to Annie's Song, by John Denver.
Come let me love you, let me give my life to you,
Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you,
Come let me love you, come love me again.
You fill up my senses, like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain,
Like a storm in a desert, like a sleepy blue ocean,
You fill up my senses, come fill me again.
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