Okay, this dates me a bit, but I can remember when this Gilbert O'Sullivan single was released. I was a hard-core Evangelical. We were deeply offended that he questioned God's existence in the song and we saw it as just one more sign of the heathen taking over the world. We so figured that anyone with pain, couldn't really know Jesus.
But now, I listen to the song and it resonates deep within me, man to man, soul to soul, fallen man to fallen man. Pain is universal in this world. There are those who fake otherwise, as I use to. Not to wallow in pain, but to accept it as the human condition.
Listen to the beautiful song and watch the lyrics roll by. While I've never been left at the alter by a love, I have lost a father. I've watched my mother grieve, as myself. I know that I will loose my mother some day . . . unless I go first.
This isn't hopeless as there is a balm in Gilead. But pain is real and we should let the artists show us how to "enjoy" it to its fullness.