LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #37 – “Piece Of My Heart” – Janis Joplin
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
While written for Erma Franklin (older sister of none other than Arethra) in 1967, the song, “Piece Of My Heart” gained much greater notoriety a year later when it was covered by Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin on vocals. It would soon become one of the female rock and roll icon’s greatest hits.
The lyrics are a tormented rock ballad about an individual experiencing all the emotions related to unrequited love. While the singer is madly devoted, she (or he) is at the mercy of their romantic interest, who seems to come and go as they please. As Christians, unlike the song, we worship a God who wants our heart, always and forever, saying in Proverbs 23: 26, “My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” The ways of the Lord are faithful, and God promises to never leave us. God will “take every little piece of our hearts,” but God will never “break every little piece of our hearts.”
Lord, give us the courage to commit our hearts to you, with the confidence that you will never leave or forsake us. Fill our hearts with devotion to you, and love for one another. Amen.