The song that will always remind me of 2011

So the questions were: What song will always remind you of 2011? and/or What was the best book you read in 2011?

Sweet Girl answered! Her book was The Highly Sensitive Person: How to React When the World Overwhelms You, by Dr. Elaine Aaron (can you tell she’s in psychology? ;)). Her song: No One Needs to Know–Shania Twain. Yes! That song will always have a special meaning for us now, too, since she (The Sweet Girl) got behind the mic and sang it at my sister’s Weekend Party last summer. Totally her kind of song! Especially the spicy part… by which I mean, the way you get to put some life into the words (what would you call it… a bit of a cat-growl? o-O), as well as just generally belting it out.

I thought I was going to have trouble answering these questions, myself. Because the best books I read are all ones I’ve read before, pretty well; and the songs are rather old too… except when I started to think of the songs we sing at church.

Then there was no question. There is definitely a song that says “2011”, as much as “Strength will come when we wait upon the Lord…” belongs to the year Sam was so sick, and we were looking for a pastor. This 2011 song spoke so well to what we were going through as a church (and when I say “as a church”, I also mean that we each felt it personally); and the hope we had/have.

“…Into the darkness You shine
Out of the ashes we rise
There’s no one like You,
None like You;

Our God is greater, our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other
Our God is Healer, awesome in power
Our God, Our God…

And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
What can stand against?”

Yes, even though everything is falling apart around you, if you focus on God there will be something to “rise out of the ashes”… something stronger and ever more beautiful, in the grace of God.

“…We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us” (Romans 5:2-3)

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4 Responses to The song that will always remind me of 2011

  1. Murray Lahn says:

    I think “the” song for me for 2011 has to be “You Never Let Go” by Matt and Beth Redman…

    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Your perfect love is casting out fear, And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life, I won’t turn back I know You are near.
    “And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on, A glorious light beyond all compare. And there will be an end to these troubles but until that day comes, We’ll lieve to know you here on the earth.
    “Oh no, You never let go through the calm and through the storm. Oh no, You never let go in every high and every low, Oh no, You never let go, Lord, You never let go of me.”

    We introduced that song at church the Sunday before Brenda’s disappearance and the staffing shakeup. It was (and still is) a very trying time, but I hold fast to the promise “Lord, You never let go of me.”

    Later on, after Brenda’s funeral we introduced the song “You Hold Me Now”. At the time it was hard to sing, but also VERY reassuring….

    “On that day when I see All that You have for me, When I see You face to face, There surrounded by Your grace
    All my fear is swept away In the light of your embrace When Your love is all I need And forever I am free
    Where the streets are made of gold, In Your presence healed and whole, Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone

    “In this life I will stand Through my joy and my pain Knowing there’s a greater day, There’s a hope that never fails
    When Your name is lifted high, And forever praises rise, For the glory of Your Name, I’m believing for the day
    When the wars and violence cease, All creation lives in peace, Let the songs of heaven rise to you alone

    “No weeping, no hurt or pain, No suffering You hold me now, You hold me now
    No darkness no sick or lame, No hiding You hold me now, You hold me now

    (I think you just gave me an idea for year end blog :)

    • crazycathie says:

      I knew as soon as I read the first line, why that was your song for 2011… It’s a testimony of God’s grace to you, that you are not rather wanting to forget those songs, since they could also have the effect of bringing back all the grief of those days. It might be a year you’d rather forget!!

      I’ll look forward to your year-end blog!

  2. Murray says:

    Oops! First line should be “Even though I WALK,”, not “walt”

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