Lovesick’s Cure (a poem by Brandie Jivanjee)

April 12, 2013

About a year ago, Brandie (my wife) wrote a poem to share during a meeting with the church body we are in community with. I remember being impacted when she first shared it. I recently reread it, however, and this poem struck a cord much deeper within me. This poem expresses the agony of searching for the cure to the fatal disease of *lovesickness* in external places, and the beauty of finding that cure internally. This poem beautifully communicates the mystery of ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Col. 1:27). When the scriptures speak of ‘Christ in you’, the *you* is not just you individually. This was written to an entire community of people. The *you* is your brothers and sisters you are being joined together with. The cure to our ‘lovesickness’ is found within ‘you’. I would like to share this poem with you today. May this be as much of a blessing to you as it has been to me.


Lovesick’s Cure   by Brandie Jivanjee


Lovesick can be a nasty little bug

Throwing you in the hole it has dug


With waves of confusion running through her head

This unbearable illness, she’d rather be dead


Grasping and clinging, to any hope of relief

Holding on tightly, the darkness beneath


This demon it taunts her with moments of joy

Pulling her strings like she’s a cheap wind up toy


The search goes on like an unending mission

Spinning out of control until there’s a collision


She tasted every medicine, swallowed every pill

Nothing has satisfied, nothing has stilled


A true lover at heart, she never stops looking

No matter how bad it gets, she never stops hoping


Then one day with her arms open wide

A cure is found from deep inside


Piercing her being with a shock wave of life

He takes her in His arms and claims her as His wife


The sickness is gone, the pain has disappeared

There is no more longing, there is no more fear


Pulling her up upon her feet

Instantly she’s healed from His kiss on her cheek


Bandages of flesh that have kept her bound

Fall off her body, she has been found


He washes her in the River of Life

Giving her new clothes, giving her sight


She has been set free with no more need to roam

Lovesick’s cure has made His way home.


Let’s drink in that internal cure today,

Jamal Jivanjee

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15 responses to Lovesick’s Cure (a poem by Brandie Jivanjee)

  1. Jamal and Brandie, what a delightful poem, thank you both!

    Like a dead end road that leads to nowhere, their fear moved them, keep them running blind. They thought they were lost and without love, so they projected onto to one another the resultant conclusion: who is worthy, and who is not, and they pointed the finger of resentment. The wanderers roamed with longing fear, searching for Love — their true Home. The wanders do not need to roam anymore, they have been marked with Love inside of them; inside of them is the Home they were searching for, the Love they were seeking was inside all of them, all along. They only needed to stop, look and listen; no more roaming, nor wandering on that dead end road — We Are Home. Hello Home, our Love!

  2. Thank you Brandie for your poem. I know this love and how I experienced it the first time. I had been seeking the Lord by playing some quiet instrumental music and just turning my mind off and only waiting on Jesus. I had done this for months as thoughts of grocery list, laundry, calls I had to make, things I must do kept interrupting my thought life. As I faithfully waited and put down these thoughts, I began to be quiet in my mind and also my soul became quiet and my spirit man would become at peace. One day I only heard three words and they were from the Lord. He said to me, “I love you”. That was it. But His words were consuming me with His love. His words lighten me as a feather and filled my being with His satisfaction. It was a long time before I could say anything and I didn’t say anything from my mouth, but from my spirit I said. “Lord, I love you to”. It was as complete as His words were and I knew what it was really like to know His words, “Christ in me” and I in Christ” I had been radically saved many years before this and knew the awesome wonders of how God had pursued me for His own but in this experience I was truly joined with Jesus with a true experience of the pass understanding love of God but not caring but believing and receiving it out of pure need and joy unspeakable. I haven’t been the same since.

    • Brandie Jivanjee April 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks Mary for sharing this intimate time between you and Christ! Joy unspeakable is exactly right!

  3. Brandie, in your beautify ‘in’sight you express our hearts, the longing, the dead end streets of this world, and its ways, the emptiness that nothing fulfilled.

    And then it happened… we are awakened to His Life, we are His wife. We ‘see’ the unseen, and drink the water that quenches our thirst, the bread that ‘sticks to our ribs’. We now understand what it means to have Treasure ‘in’ our jars of clay. Life has depth, meaning, and simplicity. Love courses through our veins, we love because He loves us. Our desire to know more of His love bonds us together, we are one ‘in’ The One’.

    Thank you sis for expressing our hearts.

  4. Brandie, I love this poem. You have done such an eloquent job and it really speaks into my life.

    Thank you,

  5. Thank you Brandie and Jamal! Beautiful poem! Yes, there is a quality of a true lover. A true lover seeks. Isn’t that true of The Lord Jesus ? He left all to find the pearl, gave all up to seek her.
    And that’s the reason He did not chase even after those that seemed to be prospect disciples. Reading scripture we find His behavior sometimes abrupt. Why? He knows that lovers seek….. And to find that He is not far, but right inside of us! Truly, a revelation that rocks your world.

    “The time I spend waiting for Someone that was heaven sent……” Celine Dion from the song , Have you ever been in love 🙂

    • Jamal Jivanjee April 13, 2013 at 4:40 am


      Wow, I never thought of us (the bride) as a pearl that Christ gave up everything to find. I always saw Christ as the pearl. After reading your comment, I now see that He first demonstrated what it was like to give up everything to obtain the ‘pearl’. The head (Christ), and Christ’s body (us) are one. This is truly a great mystery:)

    • Brandie Jivanjee April 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you Marsela, yes indeed, Jesus is our true love!

  6. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this, Jamal and Brandie. There is so much freedom in simply loving Jesus and accepting His love for us, allowing it to heal our brokenness and draw us into the flood of His life.

    I’m used to looking at your blog on my phone so I’m just now seeing the new design. Looks great!

    • Jamal Jivanjee April 13, 2013 at 4:48 am


      Thanks for your comment brother. It was my pleasure to share it. Also, I’m glad that you like the updated design for the site. Blessings to you bro!

    • Brandie Jivanjee April 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you Mark,. Amen, there is total freedom in loving and being loved by Christ!

  7. Rachel Phillip April 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Well said, finally understsood

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