In 1994, Sheryl Crow recorded Strong Enough, a song in which a woman begs a man to keep lying to her. No worries. She’ll still believe – just don’t leave. (Excuse me, but how ridiculous.) Here is the first stanza:
God, I feel like hell tonight
Tears of rage I cannot fight
I’d be the last to help you understand
Are you strong enough to be my man?
For me, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day do not pass without reflecting a bit on the five years I spent as a single mom. I was single from the time Juliette was just over a year old until she was just shy of six-years-old. This period of time marked the loneliest years of my life, but it was also during these years that I enjoyed unprecedented spiritual growth. Truly, God has a special place in his heart for single moms and dads.
In 2008, JJ Heller recorded Your Hands to the tune of Strong Enough. I like Heller’s lyrics much better. It’s a prayer anyone can pray, but one I would have easily prayed 11 years ago when I was a single mom trying to make sense of the crooked path.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my single friends, acquaintances and the anonymous single mom or dad who providentially stumbles upon this song today. May you never, ever leave God’s hands, but more importantly may you know that He will never let us go. I believe in time we can all find love again as long as we remain open to it.
I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn’t there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away…
I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crookedly lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine…
When my world is shaking
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands…