"I've always Loved You" by Third Day is probably my favorite song of all time. I still remember the first time I heard it. I purchased it the week that it came out in 1999, but being busy I didn't put it in my CD player until I took a road trip that weekend. A few weeks prior, my grandmother had a stroke and I went by myself to Atlanta to visit her.
My grandmother was the first person in my life that saw God's calling. She told me and my mother before she passed away that she saw that I was going to go into ministry. My grandmother was the church organist and pianist for years. She was a very Godly woman and did more for others than I can even write. She was always there for me. She always sent cards on every holiday, where she would put a couple dollars in, and if she didn't have the money she would put a few sticks of gum in there. When I lived in Atlanta in the Summer and Fall of 1998, every time I had an opportunity I went over and visited with her. I still can see her smile every time I met her for lunch and for church. I know that I made her really proud. But after she passed away and I heard the number of stories of how she showed God's love to others, she made me proud.
In 2005 when we started a contemporary service at Lithia Spring UMC, we wanted to play this song, but I had a tough time with it. The weekend before, I went home and my brother Michael showed me how to play it. I had several opportunities later at River of Life and other retreats to play it with my brother.
Every time I hear that song, it brightens my day. Anytime I'm down, I pull out my guitar and play it. It reminds me that God is always there and no matter what I do or whatever happens...He loves us!
"I've Always Loved You" I don't know how to explain it But I know that words will hardly do Miracles with signs and wonders Aren't enough for me to prove to you Don't you know I've always loved you Even before there was time Though you turn away I'll tell you still Don't you know I've always loved you And I always will Greater love has not a man Than the one who gives his life to prove That he would do anything And that's what I'm going to do for you