There are many heart wrenching events in life that devastate people’s faith and lead them to the darkness of depression and/or bitterness. Certainly near the top of this awful list would be for a mother to lose a child to sickness or injury. There is a special Godly bond between a mother and her child that is unique and produces a bond that is one of the strongest on earth. Any time this bond is broken there is pain, but when it is permanently broken through premature death it is devastating.
Also on this list would be for either a husband to lose his wife or a wife to lose their husband abruptly or far too early in life. The bond between a Christian husband and wife is stronger than steel for the love and devotion to Christ is the bond. When that bond is broken, for whatever reason but especially death, a person sinks into a state of loss impossible to understand unless you have been there and experience it.
A few years ago a woman name Christa Wells wrote a song based on the stories of three women who either lost a child or a husband. Their stories are touching and even more so is how each of them managed to deal with their grief and become stronger because of it. In each case, the horrible circumstances they encountered brought them closer to God, for it was His comfort that brought them through the darkest night of their lives.
My mom and dad were married almost 60 years. When my dad died in 1998 my mom soon sunk into a great depression. She was 80 years old and for the first time since the Great War in 1942 she was all alone. She did not handle things very well and stayed with her two sisters for most of the next year. Without a strong relationship with the Lord, she drifted into a state of sorrow mixed with physical pain. My heart went out to my mom and from 1999 until her death in 2006 I functioned as her caregiver.
We are surrounded by untold thousands of men, women and children who awake each day to a heart filled with sorrow, grief or bitterness. These people have been unable to see the loving hand of Jesus stretched out to them because their eyes are clouded by tears and their hearts hardened by resentment. Oh how the Lord cries for each one of these precious people and longs to hold them in His arms and tenderly heal their wounded hearts. For more information on this song here is the link:
Natalie Grant took the words Christa Wells wrote and turned it into one of the most moving songs ever produced. Whether you are drowning in sorrow, lost in the darkness of fear or suffocating in the bitterness of resentment, this song is guaranteed to help. If there was ever a song ordained by God, both in word and presentation, it is the song “Held”. I pray hearing this song again will help all of us realize how deeply people hurt and how greatly the Lord Jesus loves them.