A Song for the Mourning


Mourning in Newtown

Today is a new day. Yesterday, tragedy struck. Innocent children were murdered. What do you say when you see parents weeping over the death of their five or six year-old? What do you say when you know there are Christmas presents that will never be opened? What do you say when you know that there are little babies who will never play again or say the alphabet again or even sing one more song? How do you respond from a Christian worldview? Where is God in all of this? Questions pile up. They mount with a force that seems to never end. In a time like this, sometimes the best response is to just sing. Just sing. When you are without joy and filled with grief, just sing. Sing of God. Sing of who he is. And in this time, it is vital that we uphold and we affirm that God is indeed sovereign. Even in tragedy, he is sovereign. Praise him that Jesus is Lord over life and death and he conquered death by his resurrection from the dead. This is hard. It is hard to explain the murder of anyone, let alone 20 young children. Now, imagine how tragic 3,000 babies in the womb being murdered today really is! Our hearts are broken. I suggest that we sing and sing for joy in our sovereign God. This is a perfect song for the hurt of countless across our nation. This is a song for those hurting and mourning in Newtown, Connecticut.

Courtesy of the talented Aaron Keyes.

Sovereign Over Us

“There is strength within the sorrow,
There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning,
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting,
Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding,
You’re teaching us to trust

CHORUS
Your plans are still to prosper,
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever,
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined,
Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens,
Reaching down in endless grace
You are the Lifter of the lowly,
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me,
Your promises are my delight

Your plans are still to prosper,
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever,
Perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good,
You turn it for our good and for your glory
Even in the valley You are faithful
You are working for our good,
You are working for our good and for your glory”

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