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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Oh, How He Loves Us

Ever since I first heard the worship song, "How He Loves Us" at church a year or two ago, I've loved it. The lyrics are so meaningful and beautifully descriptive and passionate. It quickly became a favorite worship song of mine and I've always felt inspired to choreograph to it, though I never actually have. (I have a friend who chose to do it for her senior dance, but I didn't get to see it because I was in Hawaii)

What I didn't know at first was that the song wasn't really written as a worship song. The original artist, John Mark McMillan, wrote it after his good friend Stephen was killed. Stephen was a youth pastor. One morning he prayed “I’d give my life for this if that’s what it takes to see a movement among these youth. Do whatever you need to do God.” That same night, Stephen was killed in a car wreck. Part of John's intention in writing the song was that it would inspire that movement that Stephen prayed for. 

So next time you listen to or sing along with this song, I encourage you to think about the whole story. For me it made the song even more special.

Here is the full original version of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0luHiWwi08

I can't find the video where he tells whole story, but this is part of it: http://www.youthspecialties.com/blog/the-story-behind-how-he-loves/

I'd been wanting to do this blog for a while, and I happened to get around to it on Valentine's Day, so how's that for a blog about love?

1 comment:

  1. I really LOVE that song too. It is so much more meaningful when you hear the story. I would love to see a dance that you choreograph to it someday. Keep us posted :)

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