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Some colleagues and I are in New Orleans for a conference over the next couple of days. My last (and to date, first and only) visit to the Crescent City included some interesting adverse engagement with a couple of the locale residents on a nearby street. Needless to say, four years removed from that last visit, I was a little gun-shy (no pun intended) walking down to Rue Bourbon tonight for dinner at an arguably superb restaurant.

To put it mildly, the phrase “Oh, the humanity” came to mind a time or two along the way. But I’m reminded of a recent blog from some friends who were just here in the original “sin city”, and went out of their way to help someone who’d made some bad choices and clearly was in need of some grace.

In thinking thru this, I was reminded of a song by singer JJ Heller. Take a look and see if you don’t agree. God loves us all, and calls us to offer the same grace and mercy to others that He extended to us. In so doing, who knows whether you are potentially able to lead someone back from the brink?

Love Me lyrics

He cries in the corner where nobody sees

He’s the kid with the story no one would believe

He prays every night, “Dear God won’t you please…

Could you send someone here who will love me?”

Who will love me for me

Not for what I have done or what I will become

Who will love me for me

‘Cause nobody has shown me what love

What love really means

Her office is shrinking a little each day

She’s the woman whose husband has run away

She’ll go to the gym after working today

Maybe if she was thinner

Then he would’ve stayed

And she says…

Who will love me for me?

Not for what I have done or what I will become

Who will love me for me?

‘Cause nobody has shown me what love, what love really means

He’s waiting to die as he sits all alone

He’s a man in a cell who regrets what he’s done

He utters a cry from the depths of his soul

“Oh Lord, forgive me, I want to go home”

Then he heard a voice somewhere deep inside

And it said

“I know you’ve murdered and I know you’ve lied

I have watched you suffer all of your life

And now that you’ll listen, I’ll tell you that I…”

I will love you for you

Not for what you have done or what you will become

I will love you for you

I will give you the love

The love that you never knew

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