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“Since you’ve asked”, the song being sung by Judy Collins, grabbed me while I was doing my exercise on the elliptical earlier today.  The lilting rhythm of the tune and lyrics, joined by the haunting vocal style, nurtured a sense of nostalgia to rise in my spirit.  It was as if Joyce were responding to my request.  What would she give, if I were to ask?

As I looked back over our many years together, I saw how graced I was by the woman who was not stingy with her time or talents.  As I look back, I become more and more aware of how little concern she had for her own well being, and much more important to her was the well being of others.

Eventually, failing health robbed her of the ability to give of herself as she was used to doing.  Is that when she reached the point of wanting to go to Jesus?  I am guessing, of course, even as I frame the question.  It does, however, seem to me that it was not easy for her to be on the receiving end of other people giving to her.  It was not an issue of Joyce lacking self confidence.  Of course, she had much about which to be confident.  She simply preferred to give rather than to get.

The point, as the lyrics of “Since you asked” bring to the fore, is that Joyce gave.  No one on this earth will know better than I how she could turn “time to flowers”, how her life was a “song never sung to another man”, how she took the childhood’s “lilies and lace” as together we followed the upward and outward path toward the sun / Son.

Did she ask for anything?  Yes.  The music provides the answer – That I, the one to whom the song is sung,  give in the same way she did.  Is it too much to request?  No.  Pollyannaish she was not.  She understood very well that Jesus had said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

That is all she asked for.  She asked for nothing less.

Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IHRK287rQA for Judy Collin’s version of “Since You’ve Asked”.  And, here are the lyrics:

What I’ll give you since you’ve asked
Is all my time together;
Take the rugged sunny days,
The warm and Rocky weather,
Take the roads that I have walked along,
Looking for tomorrow’s time,
Peace of mind.

As my life spills into yours,
Changing with the hours
Filling up the world with time,
Turning time to flowers,
I can show you all the songs
That I never sang to one man before.

We have seen a million stones lying by the water.
You have climbed the hills with me
To the mountain shelter,
Taken off the days one by one,
Setting them to breathe in the sun.

Take the lilies and the lace
From the days of childhood,
All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward,
This is what I give,
This is what I ask you for;
Nothing more.



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