Grow Up

Though life may be fraught with failures, we have the power to transform them. We can only do this through God’s help. Through our troubles, we can depend on God’s strength to sustain us when we are tired. We can depend on God’s guidance to help us make difficult decisions. We can trust in Him and take refuge in His arms when life becomes overwhelming. Through the pressures of life, God makes those things which we deem impossible an endless possibility. We have that gift by means of His presence which is characterized by love, hope, peace and joy.

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This song by Harry Chapin entitled, “We Grew Up a Little Bit”, resonated with me and I hope that you can ask yourself this question, no matter what age you are: “Can we grow a little bit this year?”

We got married early and just a little bit late
Baby came too early but some things just can’t wait
We were just beginning but it was very clear
We grew up a little bit that year

I caught on as a meter man, you were caught at home
When I started night school, you ended up alone
But you had another baby while I had my career
And we grew up a little bit, we grew up a little bit
We grew up a little bit that year

They put me in an office job, a young man on the move
We bought a house in Shaker Heights, you supervised the move
We were cashing checks, you were changing children
While I played engineer and we were growing ever faster every year

I got bored of kilowatts, you were tired of kids
I started staying out at night and soon that’s what you did
At parties we’d go separately, you’d wiggle and I’d leer
And we were growing faster, we were growing ever faster
We were growing ever faster every year

You learned to live in silence, I learned to live in lies
And we both ignored the empty spaces growing in our eyes
Your breath became a gin and tonic, mine became a beer
And we grew up a little more last year

Today at work they passed me by and promoted John instead
I came home to find you’d wrecked the car, I guess I lost my head
Well, I can’t believe I hit you but the rage came on so strong
Ah, where did we go wrong?

As you sit there crying, I wonder who you are
The partner, stranger, friend and foe who’s come with me this far
We stand here in the ashes and I guess it is quite clear
We did not really grow too much each year

So you say we’re going nowhere, well I know that’s where we’ve been
Still I can’t help wondering, can we begin again?
I feel so full of questions curiosity and fear
But could we grow a little bit? Could we grow a little bit?
Can we grow a little bit this year?

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