There is None Like You

Today I was thinking about one of my favorite worship songs and the part it has played in my life over the years…

As a newly married couple in 2002, my husband Herbert and I were living in Tucson Arizona and our home church was Pantano Christian Church. At that time, there was a popular worship song entitled “There is None Like You”. A simple chorus to celebrate the uniqueness of our heavenly Father:

“There is none like you

No one else can touch my heart like you do

I could search for all eternity long, and find

There is none like you”

One service, our worship pastor said that there was another way to look at this song. He suggested that this could be a song from God to us, letting us know how precious and special we are to Him. This was intriguing to me because I hadn’t thought of God relating to me in this way. At that time, I really needed to hear that God’s love for me was special and that he considered ME special. I was born again, but still struggled with the guilt and shame of my past. Could I be uniquely special to God’s heart and not just one of the billions he created? I think this idea is evidenced in scripture:

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, He will rejoice over it more than over the Ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, is it not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”

                                                 Matthew 18:12-14

Jesus uses this parable to teach us that we are all exceptional to God and that He will pursue anyone who wanders away from him because of His distinct love for us.

This song became one of my favorites but I had no idea how it would affect me just a couple years later.

I need to stop here for a moment because I’m going to share a profoundly personal moment of my life. This story deserves a full telling, but for the purpose of this article I will just summarize the events that occurred in the spring of 2004…

On March 25, 2004 I went into pre-term labor with my triplet girls, (Samantha, Lisa, and Christina) at 23 weeks of gestation. It was critical that I carry the girls to at least 24 weeks if they had any chance of survival. The doctors were able to manage my labor for 9 days and on April 2nd, 2004 I gave birth to three tiny babies. Our daughters were extremely sick and were rushed directly to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Each one weighed approximately a pound and a half.

At two days old each of the girls had a brain hemorrhage. Lisa’s was a “grade 4”—not survivable. We were told that she would could pass at any time so we called in our family and closest friends to be with us during this terrible time. My friend Wendy was there by my side as I held this teeny, wisp of a being who had stolen my heart. I felt very strongly that I wanted to sing to Lisa as she left this world. Since Wendy was on our church’s worship team, I asked her for song suggestions. She mentioned “Amazing Grace”, but I didn’t think it was right for the moment. The next song she noted was “There is None Like You”—yes, that was exactly what I wanted to say to my daughter.

You are special.

My love for you is beyond measure.

I will never love anyone the way that I love you.

As we sang, Lisa flew into the arms of Jesus.

Six agonizing weeks later, Christina was losing her battle with the effects of her prematurity. This time our goodbye was private. Herb and I sat in a family room holding our precious daughter. I sang. Each word especially for her as she went to be with Lisa in heaven.

That was over 12 years ago. I’ve only heard “There’s None Like You” a handful of times over the years. Each time my mind and heart went back to the very moment I had sung it to my girls. Waves of grief would crash over me. I would sing to them again with tear-stained cheeks. Oh, how I miss them.

We now live in Tennessee and belong to an amazing church, Living Faith Church. Recently, on an average Sunday, the worship team played “There’s None Like You”. Something happened that surprised me. Of course I thought of my beautiful daughters, but this time my heart was filled with the peace that only can come from God. This time I did not sing to my babies, but to Jesus.

“There is none like you

No one else can touch my heart like you do

I could search for all eternity long, and find

There is none like you.”

This time my tears were joyful and my heart was full of praise for the Lord. I will always miss and long for Lisa and Christina. I will always remember the special, although short time we had together. I am grateful there was a song that helped me express my feelings for them in a special way. I am also grateful that I can lift my voice in worship and praise with the very same song.

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