Apr 4, 2014

A Mix CD, of All Things

I'm the girl that listens to the Christian radio station almost exclusively. Except for long car trips and when I play lots of Adele on Pandora when I'm painting furniture, my radio stays dialed in to the Christian radio stations. Yes, even through the share/donation phone drives, I'm that girl.

I used to drive an hour to work and I needed something uplifting for that hour. As much as I love to hear a strong voice belt out about a broken heart and a rotten man or something, that wasn't the way I knew I needed to start my day.

And before Hannah was born I listened to the songs. I was looking to make a list and so as I heard songs play I wrote down every song that I could play through labor helping me through the contractions. Turns out I didn't need them so much for contractions, I needed them for my heart and soul when they told us our sweet girl was dead.

In the weeks and months that followed this music has been irreplaceable to me. Sometimes more healing than anything else for me is music. Once we returned home I listened to those songs over and over. Songs about the Lord's goodness through suffering, songs about pain and hurt but also hope. I love to listen to words about my Lord. I love to hear the words of a song and realize they express exactly what I do not have the words yet to say myself.

A few days after we got home one of my dearest friends made me a CD. A mix CD of all things, and it turned out to be such a blessing. My friend has wonderful taste in music, but I'm not quite sure how she found songs so perfect for what I was feeling and what I needed to hear. I don't know if she listened to every word of every song or if she just prayed and the Lord took care of the details.

Sometimes you need a song about suffering, about crying out to the Lord when you don't know how to go on. Other times you need to hear a song about how the Lord stands even when we are weak. And then sometimes you need songs about how the Lord has called you for a purpose, about how we can sit in our misery or how we can be changed for his goodness, for his glory.

These songs are all those things.

I would recommend sending a CD to a friend you know who may have gone through such a loss. I would have never thought about it. But it has been a most wonderful gift of time with the Lord, time for mourning, and time for healing.

Today I especially love one in particular on that CD. The songs is Called Me Higher by All My Sons and Daughters. Here's a link to the song on YouTube, feel free to listen, please do. Really, take the time to hear it. This song reminds me that we all have been called for a purpose. I get so excited every day to see what the Lord will bring us.

One of the artists of that song David Leonard said this about that song:

Being swayed by our emotions won't last long, because there will be things in our lives that will cause us to come off those high moments. God calls us to and designed us to have those moments and those feelings. At the same time, we have to stay grounded and rooted in what we know is true—God and His Word.

I agree.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful songs! So thankful for music!


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