“It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
40 Days Of Country – Day #27 – Lent 2016
In defining the greatest country music stars of all time, especially if you are including contemporary artists in the conversation, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill must both absolutely be included in the conversation. On one hand, Tim McGraw, especially in his later work, embodies a grass roots musical talent not often heard on radio, while his wife, Faith Hill, is easily one of the best selling pop-country acts of all time. While each deserve their own place on any countdown, their 1997 hit, “It’s Your Love,” showcases both of their talent and offers a genuine romantic element hard to find amidst the sea of country love songs.
The song begins on a practical level as McGraw sings of, “Dancin’ in the dark,” with his wife, but the song soon moves into cascading waves of sentiment with the refrain hyperbollically proclaiming, “It’s your love. It just does something to me. It sends a shock right through me. I can’t get enough.” McGraw goes on to declare the most desirable of marriage attributes, including how his wife makes him, “Better than I was” and “more than I am,” and “all of this happened by taking your hand.”
While not every marriage is destined to end in eternal true love, it is refreshing to have a model of fidelity and faithfulness in Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, especially when so many celebrities seem to offer a mockery of marriage every time we turn the new on the television. As tradition holds, King Solomon teaches in Ecclesiastes 9:9, “Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.” Contrary to what Solomon might believe, a life dedicated to the love of another is quite more than meaningless. Sure, there may be times when ending a marriage is better than remaining in it, but when true love is found, and as great as it may be at first, it will eventually require a committed effort to maintain. As Mark 10:9 teaches, “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Loving God, teach us to love others the way you have loved us, and especially, when we proclaim our love to another, if ti be your will, strengthen us to commit to that love with every fiber of our being. Amen.