A song on the morning commute: "even if we can’t find heaven"

I heard this song on the radio driving to work this morning: “even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you. Love, you’re not alone, cause I’m gonna stand by you.” It’s Rachel Platten’s “Stand by you.” Here it is:



But surely this means to find heaven. For imagine being in hell, hurting because of the many wounds you might have, but being taken care by someone. Hell itself disappears and is transformed in heaven by the love that someone pours on you.

If I stand by you, I am bound to find heaven, even if I am in the lowest dungeons of hell. “No, no, no, love, if your wings are broken/Borrow mine so yours can open too/Cause I’m gonna stand by you.”

Living for another in the midst of hell; giving your being for the life of another.

So if my brother is in hell, this is where I am to be also; and the love between us transforms hell in light and heaven.

“I’ll be your eyes when yours can’t shine,/ I’ll be your arms, I’ll be your steady satellite…” Life in constellations.

What if the song said, “even if you’re not in heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you, I’ll stand by you, and heaven will consume us too.” 🙂

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About Tavi's Corner

Blogging on ancient philosophy, communist persecution in Romania (including deportation to Siberia), and Orthodox Christianity. I've translated books from Romanian to English, and I also write about them from time to time.
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