I grew up in the soft rock era as nearly every album contained a minimum of one ballet per side. During the 1980’s, radio stations played the same 12-15 songs in a loop. Except for all request lunch hours or evenings with Delilah, individuals waited in their cars, on their deck or listening to a stereo as depicted in Tom Hanks’ film That Thing You Do. Groups like Air Supply sang about being lost without their significant other in All Out of Love. However, when it comes to theories about falling apart, no one compares to the band Chicago. While I loved their music, their songs are filled with break up lyrics, trying to recover from one broken relationship after another.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me, John 15:4.
Canadian Rock band Thousand Foot Krutch continues to expand upon theories about falling apart. In their video of the song Falls Apart, TFK uses ropes like strings on a puppet. The lyrics suggest that everything falls apart when they walk away from their girl. However, beyond the obvious is a spiritual message. Whenever a person of faith walks away from God, their life begins to slowly fall apart. Like Bette Midler’s famous song, the Lord is the Wind Beneath Our Wings. Thus, any type of absence, departure or period of prodigal journey will weaken the human soul.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing,” John 15:5.
In a private meeting with his disciples, Jesus gives one final theory about falling apart. The Lord compares himself to a vine, the source of life. God plays the role of a gardener, pruning those areas of life that are unproductive. By staying connected through Bible Study, prayer and worship, spiritual nourishment is provided. However, the moment you become disconnected, removing God from the equation, emptiness replaces the Giver of Life. Therefore, if you feel like you’re on the verge of falling apart, tap into a higher power to rejuvenate a thirsty soul.
by Jay Mankus