I love the Beatles Song, “When I’m 64”. You know the one that starts out,
“When I get older losing my hair Many years from now
will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?"
And then in the Chorus the songwriter asks,
“Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm sixty-four?”
Later in the song, the writer tries to prove his worthiness, saying,
“I could be handy, mending a fuse When your lights have gone”
This song addresses a fear that many of us have, a fear of rejection by our loved ones. We worry if we lose our attractiveness or do or say something wrong that we may lose the affection of the people we care for.
Ironically, Paul McCartney, who wrote this song when he was in his 20’s, turned 64 in 2006, the same year his wife of 4 years filed for divorce. She was recently awarded $50 million in alimony and child support.
Paul’s not alone, he’s now part of the 25% of the adult population that has experienced a divorce in their lifetime. Human love is indeed fickle.
Thankfully there is One whose love never runs out, never dries up and never leaves us for someone younger, richer or better looking. God’s love is eternal, it cannot be earned nor can it be taken away.
The first verse of Psalm 136 puts it plainly, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
We’re also told use God’s love as an example for the way we love each other.
1 John 4: 7-9 explains it perfectly:
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
Pray that God will help you experience His love for you and for others in a real way today. And, take some time to thank Him for His gifts of unconditional love and everlasting life.