Monday, December 7, 2009

The Warmth of Your Embrace?

The youth choir sang at Mass last night - they did a great job. The song they sang during the preparation of the gifts was the Katina's Draw Me Close. Below are the lyrics.

Draw Me Close
Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm Your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
'Cause no one else can take Your place
To feel the warmth
of Your embrace
Help me find a way
Bring me back to You

You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know You are near

Listening to the words, I began to form an image of Jesus "drawing me close", pressing me into his big, strong, hairy-chest. There I was "feeling the warmth of His embrace", and I couldn't help but notice how the whole song's imagery seemed awfully, well, feminine.

I really hope heaven isn't like that, because that would be really awkward. I've never thought of Jesus as a hugger. I mean I'm sure he hugs babies, and little kids all the time, and probably women too, but I'm going to go out on a limb here d have to guess He'd opt for a knuckle bump from the fellas.

Don't get me wrong I know Jesus loves me, and my wife assures me that he's going to hug me if I do get to heaven (if for no other reason than for this post). I'm just sometimes surprised how some of these songs seem to be written in such a way that they can be sung to Jesus or to a wife/girlfriend.

But like I said, the youth choir did do a nice job.


Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I woke up, in the middle of the night, made myself a bowl of cereal, and thought I'd check out your blog. I practically spit milk through my nose when I got to the end of the first paragraph.

I'm so relieved.

I also think that Jesus WILL hug you, but it will be more like a half-shoulder-squeeze-with-a-reassuring-pat-on-the-back than anything having to do with your face buried in His "hairy chest". Yikes. I'm not going to be able to get that image out of my head for a long, long time.

Joshua 24:15 said...

Please tell me that picture was a photoshop special, and not a real picture someone intended to draw??