Held

August 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm (*) (, )

Jarid just returned from Montana.  As he says, it was a trip “for all the wrong reasons.”  He was there attending the memorial service of his best friend’s mom, Phyllis Kessler.  This was a family he spent a lot of time with during his high school years, a family that had (has) a great impact on him in many ways.  Definitely a shock to get this kind of news.

As soon as we received that phone call from Konrad on Monday morning, a slew of songs began streaming through my mind (as usual).  But one song in particular kept coming back to me.  It’s a song performed by Natalie Grant called “Held”.

Two months is too little.
They let him go.
They had no sudden healing.
To think that providence would take a child from his mother while she prays is appalling
.”

Who told us we’d be rescued?
What has changed and why should we be saved from nightmares?
We’re asking why this happens to us who have died to live.
It’s unfair.

Chorus:
This is what it means to be held.
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive.
This is what it is to be loved, and to know that the promise was when everything fell we’d be held.

This hand is bitterness.
We want to taste it, let the hatred know our sorrows.
The wise hands opens slowly to lilies of the valley and tomorrow.

(Chorus)
This is what it means to be held.
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life and you survive.
This is what it is to be loved, and to know that the promise was when everything fell we’d be held.

Bridge:
If hope is born of suffering, if this is only the beginning,
Can we not wait for one hour watching for our Savior?

Click here to watch/listen.

As I read the obituary and the guest book comments, and listened to Jarid talk about spending time with the Kesslers growing up, and then to him describe the memorial service, another song popped into my head.  One of my favorite songs, with words I can only pray to achieve, is “Legacy” performed by Nichole Nordeman.

I want to leave a legacy.
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to You enough to make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering,
A child of mercy and grace who blessed Your name unapologetically,
and leave that kind of legacy.”

I’m sure if you talk to any person who knew this dear woman, they would whole-heartedly agree that Phyllis has left a Legacy.  She has most definitely heard “Well done, good and faithful one!” in the presence of Jesus.

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1 Comment

  1. sara said,

    Whew. Been praying for you guys.

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