Sometimes we are surprised in life with things that give us comfort… unifying the human race with the only lasting thing in life...love. It really does not matter what language we speak or sing. This morning I read the words to the wonderful song in The Phantom of the Opera.
“No more talk of darkness, forget these wide-eyed fears. I’m here, nothing can harm you. My words will warm and calm you. Let me be your freedom, let daylight dry your tears. I’m here with you, beside you to guard you and to guide you. Say you love me every waking moment…turn my head with talk of summer time. Say you need me with you now and always . Promise me that all you say is true…that’s all I ask of you. Let me be your shelter; let me be our light. You’re safe..no one will find you …your fears are far behind you. All I want is freedom…a world with no more night and you always beside me……”
These words were those Raoul sang to Christine in the Phantom, but they are also words that everyone needs to speak one to the other. The world, throughout history, has been one of light, love, courage mixed with too much evil and hate….too much suffering.
In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote that we have a “last inner freedom” (our attitude that no one can destroy). He writes that in his darkest hours within different concentration camps during WWII, he escaped within his mind to the wife he loved with the greatest of love. Thinking of her brought him an inner freedom. She died in the camps at age 24. He writes about his sufferings and those of his fellow prisoners.
“…I became acquainted with those martyrs whose behavior in camp, whose suffering and death, bore witness to the fact that the last inner freedom cannot be lost. ….There is a purpose in life which is almost barren of enjoyment and which admits of one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man’s attitude to his existence; an existence restricted by external forces… The way a man accepts his fate and all the suffering entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity, even under the most difficult circumstances, to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish..or in the bitter fight for self-preservation, he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forgo the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him….”
What we do with our inner-self is our own choice. We have an opportunity to make the most of our thoughts….which are entirely ours. We have the opportunity to show compassion, love, and kindness.
As the music plays on in the Phantom, Christine and Raoul sing together…but it could almost be a prayer to God from all of us.
” Share each day with me…each night…each morning. Anywhere you go, let me go too. Love me…that is all I ask of you.”
The words and instrumental of ALL I ASK OF YOU from the Phantom of the Opera Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Charles Hart
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