Sunday, March 18, 2007

"ain't nothing like the real thing, baby"

Marvin Gaye came out with the song "Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby" in 1968.  It says that nothing can take the place of really being with the one you love: not a picture, not a letter, and not even memories.  Nothing can take the place of that "sweet voice whispering in my ear".  There's just nothing like the real thing.  When you've known love like Jesus gives, you don't want to settle for anything phoney or shallow.  You don't want to talk about comparative religions.  You don't want to hold hands with a religious icon.  You don't want to debate your faith with others in some heady way.  You don't want to ignore His interest.  You just want to be with HIm, tell Him everything that's on your heart and mind and let HIm reach you with "his voice whispering in your ear".  Because He really is the Real Thing.
Song of Solomon 2:3 
      Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
      So is my beloved among the sons.
      I sat down in his shade with great delight,
      And his fruit was sweet to my taste.
John 20:27 
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Rob Smith

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