Tuesday, April 7, 2009

...across the room for my daughters....

I used to chuckle to hear my Mother talk about her sons and daughters and how proud she was of each one.  She would focus in on how different we all were and in particular the traits that she loved in each of us.  More often than not she would end up saying "sometimes I feel so proud of my kids I feel like I'm going to burst"!
Well this mother is feeling a lot like that these days as well.  This post could easily turn into a manuscript so I will focus on something my daughters have in common.  They both sing beautifully.  Within the past month I have heard them both perform in front of an audience and I am so proud of them.  Growing up my girls seemed so different.  One played with dolls, the other took apart pens and toys and then tried to put them back together.  Their choice in clothing was completely different as was their choice in friends.  More recently I've noticed how very alike they are in many ways.  Like I mentioned, they both sing and they sing very well. What thrills me most is that they both simply desire more than anything for God to be the centre of their lives and therefore their music.  They choose songs with a strong message and they "belt it out" from the heart!  I have felt so blessed to listen to my girls bless God with their voices.  I used the word perform above, but really, when they sing you simply feel like they are sharing part of themselves with you.
Well, tonight was another special night where I got to experience this great pleasure of listening to my daughter sing and I just simply wanted to share the words to the song that she sang.  It seems to cover pretty well anything you might be going through and tells you where you can turn, what you can do, who you can cry out to in the valley you may be in.... (I'm sorry I don't know who wrote this song)....
To everyone who's lost someone they love long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough when you said goodbye.
And to all of the people with burdens and pains keeping you back from your life
You believe that there's nothing and there is no one who can make it right.
There is hope for the helpless; rest for the weary; love for the broken heart.
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing, He'll meet you wherever you are
Cry out to Jesus, Cry out to Jesus.
For the marriage that's struggling just to hang on; they lost all of their faith in love
They've done all they can to make it right again, still it's not enough.
For the ones who can't break the addictions and chains,
You try to give up but you come back again,
Just remember that you're not alone in your shame and your suffering.
When you're lonely, and it feels like the whole world is falling on you
You just reach out, you just cry out to Jesus, cry out to Jesus.
For the widow who suffers from being alone, wiping the tears from her eyes,
For the children around the world without a home say a prayer tonight.
There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary, love for the broken heart
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing, He'll meet you wherever you are.
Cry out to Jesus.  Cry out to Jesus.  Oh, cry out to Jesus.


Jobina said...

On the best band of all time!!! Third Day!!!
That is such an awesome song, the words get me every time. We're so used to doing things our own way and crying to ourselves or others. But the real help comes when we cry out to Jesus and He takes us through it!
I would have loved to have heard Michele sing it!

Michele said...

Thanks Mom, and thanks Jobina too! I love that song and have always wanted to have occasion to sing it. This just seemed like the right time and the funny part was, it totally went with what the speaker was saying that night. I realized that aside from the children part, I know someone in each of the situations that the song talks about. It made that song really hit me where I live. Makes it hard to sing, but I'm glad I did.

I find it interesting that we usually try everything else first and cry out to Jesus when nothing else works. Why don't I cry out to Him first? This song was a good reminder to me to do just that...cry out to the One who is capable of doing more than we could ever ask or think.

Great song...great night. Thanks Mom, I love you!