Friday, March 5, 2010

Better than a Hallelujah

the time was that i liked Amy Grant's music ... but i've really gotten away from it. really gotten away. i inwardly groaned when i saw a vid for one of her new tunes but i thought, "aw just shut up and listen to the tune". it was wonderful and it hit me right where i was.
one of my "issues" with christian music was the insistence that worship music is the way to go and if i'm not "worshipping" then what's the point? well, for me right now i'm more about the lamentations and the pouring out of my heart and life and that is worship in its own way. for much of the past ... oh i don't know ... 20 years? i've wanted a more practical approach to my faith and i don't really like much of the christian music that i hear. well, Amy found herself a tune (written by Chapin Harper and Sara Hart) that works for her and it works for me too.

check out the lyrics.

Better than a Hallelujah

God loves a lullaby
In a mothers tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
God loves the drunkards cry,
The soldiers plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.

The woman holding on for life,
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what's been done,
The silence when the words won't come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

Better than a church bell ringing,
Better than a choir singing out, singing out.

our church community's winter retreat is this weekend and then Wendy and i stay up at the camp for a couple days together so you won't see anything here until the middle of next week at the earliest. in the meantime, blessings on your journey my friends.


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David Kirk said...

Thanks for sharing the song!