{Sad Hope Songs} "Held" by Natalie Grant

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified . . . for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

~ Deuteronomy 31:6

"Held" is one of those songs that has always made me sob without fail.  And now, in this life after my daughter's death, that is doubly true -- but this song is now also more encouraging than ever before.  Because the fact is that I am held.  I dwell in the palm of God's hand, and nothing -- nothing -- can take me away from Him.

I have never felt more sure of the promises of God.  He says He will never leave or forsake us, and I am finding it to be more and more true each day.  Because of my suffering, I am finally learning what it is to be loved, to be seen, to share my suffering with the One who cares best, to know that He counts every tear that dampens my cheeks and wastes none of it.

Every weekend I share a song that has been particularly soothing or healing to me since my daughter, Eve, was stillborn. I call these "sad hope songs," because they are usually melancholy sounding but also full of the beautiful hope that is born out of pain and suffering. To pass a song on to me, please leave your recommendation in the comments.

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