Mar 28

“I Won’t Give Up On Us”

I had been in Grand Forks, ND, from Saturday until last night.  As part of my job, I attend court to provide testimony in truancy cases for the students who attend my school.  People ask me if I am the advocate for the student or the state in these cases. My answer is always that I simply provide accurate attendance records which then allows the judges to determine what to do with students. Yesterday, I was in court for one of my students in Crookston, MN.

wedAs I drove the five hours home after court, I heard the same song twice on the radio.  The song made me cry both times.  The song has a great melody and even better lyrics.  I adore my husband, but we have had our less than perfect times in our marriage.  Even though most of our rough times are not very public ones, we have had our share of difficult moments (or days…or months…or however long they are…).  One thing that I have always been amazed about in those moments is that we have never said that we give up.  We have always said that we will keep working on whatever it is that is not going well.  By my own admission, I am not an easy person to live with – but who is, really?

And I am so grateful that my husband puts up with me.

I Won’t Give Up On Us by Jason Mraz – click here for the link to the song on YouTube

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
There’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

How old is your soul?  Ponder that…

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

For better…or for worse…

And when you’re needing your space
To do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find
‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

Isn’t it amazing when the ones that we love are willing to give us the space we need to think things through?  My husband is actually someone I can use as a sounding board when things are a little nutty in my mind.

And God truly does know that we are worth it.  God is cheering for every marriage relationship.  He wants them all to succeed.  Although He loves us through it when our relationships fail, His heart breaks.

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not
And who I am

I love these lyrics!  Every marriage has a lot at stake because people get hurt when marriages don’t make it.  And we learn so much from each other and through adversity. 

The problem seems to be when we stop committing to the togetherness of our relationship, when we stop committing to not breaking, and when we stop committing to learning how to bend.

The reason that the song made me cry is because I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the husband that I have, the family that I have, and the life that I have.

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

 

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