The Choir – “How I Wish I Knew”

“How I Wish I Knew” by The Choir
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I think most of us have felt this way at one time or another. It’s hard to see someone you love be down and struggling and it can be frustrating when you see the beauty and potential in them that they don’t see in themselves. I’m sure we’ve all been or will be on both sides at times – How I Wish I Knew is a beautiful song for those times.

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You Hold Me Now

I wish I had more answers.  I wish I always had the right words to say.  I wish I always knew what to do to make people feel better. It seems like I am constantly hearing of another person going through something that no one should ever have to go through.  There are people struggling with physical problems – injuries, abuse, sickness, disease, disabilities, and constant pain.  There are people struggling with emotional problems – depression, insecurity, hopelessness, negative self-image, emotional abuse, and unworthiness.  When I hear of people struggling with something it makes me feel so helpless.  I want to make everything better, but then I realize that there’s not much I can do.  I guess if I always knew what to do to make people feel better, had the right words to say, and had all the answers, that would make me God…and God knows I am far from it.

Some people receive physical or emotional healing, but others never do.  For those that do, it is only a temporary healing.  There is no guarantee that once you are healed or relieved of your struggles that you will never go through the same thing again.  We are sick.  We are hurting.  We are broken.  We always will be as long as we are on this side of eternity.  We live in a broken world where life is hard.  We are never promised an easy life.

The only permanent healing comes after this life is over.  It’s not easy or pleasant to think about and it’s even harder to accept, but the only way we can experience what we most desire (permanent healing) is by first experiencing what we least desire (death).

I love the song “You Hold Me Now” by Hillsong United.  Every time I listen to it I am reminded that no matter how bad life gets, no matter what we are going through, no matter how much sickness or pain we have to endure – for those who have surrendered their lives to God there is always healing at the end of the sickness, pain, and struggle.

One of my favorite parts of the song is the part that says:

In the light of Your embrace
Where Your love is all I need
And forever I am free

It makes me think of the feeling you get when you are upset, sad, crying, or feeling helpless and someone that cares comes along  and they reach out and wrap you in their arms and embrace you.  It doesn’t solve all your problems, but it does help take your mind off them a little and realize that maybe it will be okay.  When we are with God and in His embrace, not only will it feel better and take your mind off what you are going through – your problems and pain will actually be swept away and will be no more.

Open wide your heart in complete surrender to God and let Him embrace you.

Bedtime Music

For some reason I got to thinking the other day about the music that I used to listen to while going to sleep. I must say, after a while I got to know these albums so well that I could sing along with them in my sleep. Get it? Ha! Anyway, if you have always wondered what I would listen to as I was drifting off into dreamland…here you go.

Big Tent Revival – “Amplifier”
Burlap To Cashmere – “Anybody Out There?”
Caedmon’s Call – “Caedmon’s Call”
DC Talk – “Supernatural”
The Insyderz – “Skalleluia”
Lloyd – “Thoughts From A Driveway”
Mukala – “Fiction”
Nouveaux – “…And This Is How I Feel”
Plaid – “Understanding God”
Reality Check – “Reality Check”
Room Full Of Walters – “Sleepy-Head”