Winter Jam Pick #1–Sidewalk Prophet’s You Love Me Anyway

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Ok, so I felt compelled to save my very favorite song of all time as my #1 song pick for Winter Jam.

I had to.

The ironic thing about my favorite song is that it might very well have never become my favorite song if I hadn’t accidentally bought the Sidewalk Prophet’s first CD, These Simple Truths, on iTunes.  (I intended to buy Sanctus Real’s CD, Lead Me, but in one of the great unsolved mysteries of the world, I ended up purchasing These Simple Truths; this means that Lead Me actually led me to my favorite CD ever.  Strange, but true!)

   Here is an example of what I mean:

I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway

See now, I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
 For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
Yes, You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

You love me, yes You love me
How You love me
How You love me
How You love me 

See what I mean?  It’s beautiful and awful and true all at the same time.

I especially love to hear this song live, and I have an especially sweet memory of hearing it at the WFRN Friend Fest last summer at Amish Acres near Goshen, Indiana.  It was a miserably hot day.  If I didn’t have to be there to interview David Crowder, who was the headliner of the night, I would have been back at my hotel draped over the air conditioning vent.

Even though it was approaching 100 degrees out, the Sidewalk Prophets put on an especially fantastic show that night, and while they performed You Love Me Anyways there was this group of little girls, probably sisters, playing on the grass a short distance from where I was sitting.  The little girls had bubble soap and wands, and even though I didn’t feel a breeze, the bubbles seemed to gravitate towards me.

I ended up being surrounded by bubbles during my favorite song, and I’m not sure if it was the bubbles or the singing or the music or maybe I had the beginnings of heat stroke, but I started to get really emotional (and I’m not an overly emotional person!).  It was just a really sweet, beautiful moment watching those little girls laugh and play,  to be reminded that even though the cost that Jesus had to pay for us was steep, He willingly did it anyway because He loves us so.

Because of that love, I’ thinking we should  celebrate with laughter and bubbles and joy every day 🙂

Tonight at Winter Jam, I’m guessing there will not be bubbles during You Love Me Anyway, and I’m good with that.  I will just be super excited to hear my all time favorite song, and be reminded of  the true focus and purpose of Winter Jam; yes, it’s sort of about the music, but without the presence of the Love and Light of the world, it would just be another concert.

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