“What It Means To Be Loved” Song Story

September 14, 2009 9:26 pm Published by 14 Comments

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What It Means To Be Loved” Song Story

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Come Alive CD Inspired By Mother Who Decided To Keep Baby Doctors Suggested Terminating

 

Platinum selling, Dove Award winning artist Mark Schultz has become one of Christian music’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters. Schultz, known well for his powerful songs of inspiration, has garnered success at both mainstream adult contemporary radio and Christian radio with such hits as “He’s My Son,” “Letters from War,” “Remember Me,” “I Am the Way,” “Walking Her Home,” and the 2003 BMI Christian Song of the Year “Back in His Arms Again.” Schultz has flooded radio with nine No. 1 songs so far, with his current hit single, “He Is,” from his critically acclaimed album Come Alive (released 8/25/09), already a top 5 hit and climbing.  Schultz has also earned the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on the national TV programs, 48 Hours, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, CNN and more.  As he always does, Schultz pulled from real life experiences to create the songs on Come Alive.  Mark shares the story of the song “What It Means To Be Loved” at http://www.markschultzstore.com/comealive/ and below:

“What It Means To Be Loved” is a song that basically wrote itself. I just happened to be in the room when God dropped it in my lap. Its genesis was actually from a story that my wife told me about a family that she’d worked with at the hospital.

The mother was expecting a child and was told that tests revealed health issues that meant the baby probably wouldn’t live long after birth.  Although the doctors suggested terminating the pregnancy, the mother decided she would love the child as long as she could.  I took those emotions and that unselfish commitment and poured them into the “What It Means To Be Loved” lyrics.   The song starts out:

For five months eight days
My wife and I had waited
Getting ready for our baby girl
But when he called the doctor said, “I need to see you”
And “Could you come in soon”
Something died inside of me to sit with him and hear
A test had said our baby may not live to be a year
And turning to my wife he said
What do you wanna do
She said

It was at this point of the song when I was writing it that these words just came spilling out:

I wanna give her the world
I wanna hold her hand
I wanna be her mom for as long as I can
I wanna live every moment, until that day comes
I wanna show her what it means to be loved

And I knew as soon as I hit this chorus and tears were running down my face that this is one I’m going to be playing for a long time.  It’s the only song that I’ve ever played in concert where it got a standing ovation before the end of the first chorus was over. 

To me, what the song says is that we as Christians are called to love.  If that means loving a baby that’s going to be here for 7 minutes or 70 years, it doesn’t make any difference, you just wrap your arms around them and pour yourself into them.  I love the last bridge going to this:

Well ever since the day
We got to bring her home
She’s been out to prove the doctors wrong
You should see her now
She’s as pretty as her mom
And there’s a boy at the front door waiting just to take her to her high school prom
And he wants to give her the world
Wants to hold her handInspired by this family’s story, my wife continued to look at the implications for our own family.  She said, “Since you’re adopted I think we should adopt kids too.” I said, “Ok that’s fine.”  She said, “I think we should adopt kids maybe with special needs.” And I said, “Ok, that seems like a tall order.” She continued, “Maybe someday we adopt kids with special needs that the doctor only knows they’re going to live for a year or two.”  I responded, “Honey, why would we do that?” And my wife said, “Because before they go to heaven, I want them to know what a great Christmas is like and I want them to know what a great birthday is like and let them know that they were loved well before they get to heaven and realize that love.  I want them to know that they were loved here on earth and celebrate them here.

 

”That’s the kind of wife I’m married to.  These are the kinds of songs that come out of those stories.  It’s a special song and I’m grateful for all the people who’ve walked through loving unconditionally.  I hope the song means as much to folks as it does to me.

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