For Paris “Hymne à l’amour”

On November 13, 2015 three teams of Islamic State jihadists launched coordinated assaults on Paris leaving 129 dead and hundreds injured. Concertgoers at the Bataclan theatre, diners at several bars and restaurants and football fans at the Stade de France were among the victims in the worst-ever terror attack on French soil.

For the second time in the calendar year, tributes and love poured out to Paris from around the world.

The landmark CN Tower in Toronto is lit blue, white and red in the colors of the French flag following Paris attacks,

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After the attacks, a song beloved by France brought the world to tears when it was performed at the American Music Awards by Celine Dion.

Celine Dion performs a Paris tribute at the 2015 American Music Awards.

Hymne à l’amour” (French pronunciation: [imn a lamuʁ]; French for “Hymn to Love”) was written by Édith Piaf in 1949; the music was written by Marguerite Monnot. It was originally performed by Édith Piaf.

Edith Piaf tribute 1963~2013 by Priapo40

You can hear the inimitable Piaf version on YouTube:

Hymne a l’amour – Edith Piaf

The song has been translated into many languages and sung around the world countless times. It is often performed by artists visiting France.

There are several versions of the lyrics in English. One of my favorite versions in English – an almost literal translation – is presented with love and prayers below.

The blue sky over us can collapse on itself
and the ground can (really) cave in.
Little matters to me if you love me;
I forget about the whole world.
As long as love will flood my mornings,
As long as my body will tremble under your hands,
Problems make little difference to me,
My love, because you love me..
I will go to the end of the world;
I will dye my hair blond
If you ask me to;
I will go take down the moon;
I will steal fortune
if you ask me to.
I will renounce my country;
I will renounce my friends
if you ask me to.
One could really laugh at me
I will do anything
if you ask me to.
If one day life tears you away from me,
if you die, then you will be far from me.
What’s it matter if you love me
because I will die too.
We will have for us, eternity –
in the blue of all the immensity
in heaven, no more problems.
My love do you believe that we love each other?
God, reunite those who love each other.


Read more: Edith Piaf – Hymne A L’amour (Hymn To Love) Lyrics | MetroLyrics


As Christians, let us come before God’s throne of heavenly grace not just in heartbreak but in hope, pleading for the souls of all sinners to be brought into destiny-changing encounters with Christ.

Loving heavenly father…

as I approach your throne of mercy and grace in Jesus’ name …

let my heart be broken by what breaks the heart of God…

and let your spirit pour out in me and through me, in groans too deep for words, cries for you to loose your angel armies against the barbaric instigators of and their compliant minions of brutality on this earth…

In groans too deep for words, father, let my spirit rise up with your spirit against the raw face of evil…

Defeat evil on earth, birther of the universe, with your unwavering love for your  creation…

with Christ’s salvation, to whom all authority is given on earth and in heaven…

and through the omnipresent activity and power of your Holy Spirit who alone can bring the lost and the damned to recognition of who Christ is and how desperately they need his promises to be true…

Comfort the dying and stretch out your healing hand to those who are fighting for life…

Console the mourning, the traumatized, and the broken in body, mind and spirit…

Uphold and galvanize both the righteously outraged and the valiantly peace-seeking…

Crush the serpent at its head and build up your kingdom at its heart…

Have mercy on us, have mercy on us, for you hate nothing that you have made…

In Jesus, name I ask it… through faith in the holy spirit… and asking that your will alone be done on earth as in heaven.


PHOTO CREDITS [Being Added as I Verify Them / I am contacting the copyright holders as fast as I can for permissions]:

Eiffel Tower:     REUTERS / Jacky Naegelen

Edith Piaf:          Edith Piaf tribute 1963~2013 by Priapo40

Toronto CN Tower:           ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sydney Opera House

Army West Point Tank:   USA TODAY Sports  Danny Wild – RTS727C

Celine Dion:                        GETTY IMAGES / Kevin Winter







My writing, like my life, is a work in progress.

I am currently hard at work on a series of contemporary and almost-contemporary Christian novels intended to appeal to and speak to the hearts of those who are seeking for faith and those who are growing in their faith.

Throughout the series, there is an emphasis on recognising that the Bible is one all-encompassing story of God’s love for us and his pursuit of right relationship with us:

  • with God as initiator of that loving intimacy,
  • with Jesus as restorer,
  • and with the spirit of God as the empowerer and advocate of those of us who are in it.

The storylines minister God’s love to readers as they see persons like themselves seeking earthly love even as God is moving in their world changing hearts and lives through his unfathomable, boundless, heavenly love.

As compelling characters ride the earthly rollercoaster of seeking and finding, courting and wedding their life partner, they are also being sought, found, and invited into deeper intimacy with him whose call to repentance and faith is an offer of abundant love on earth and eternal love thereafter. They are called into a loving relationship of living in the glory for which they were created, in their journey on earth and forever thereafter.  

The stories embody the dual imperative of God: that we love him with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our minds, and with all our strength and that we love deeply on a human level as well. 

Some authors work on a series one novel at a time. It’s not that way for me. Because our present acts are rooted in our past and echoed in our future, I am conscious as I write a scene in any one novel of what occurred in that other set three years earlier and what will transpire in that one set fifteen or twenty years later. Scenes in any one novel are thus not snapshots of a particular time and place so much as frames from a verbal video of an ongoing flow of events.

Because of my process, my novels seem to be coming into the world not as single births but as sets of triplets or quadruplets. It looks like quadruplets will be ready for beta readers in the first half of 2016 and triplets about nine months later.

It’s all a bit complex and daunting — though quite beautiful in its own way — when you focus on it from a ‘down here’ perspective. It’s astonishing in its intensifying brightness and simplicity when you look up.


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