Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Held" by Natalie Grant


What It Means To Be “Held”

Natalie Grant sings a moving song about grief, loss, suffering and hope called, “Held.” However, the writer of the song is Christa Wells. Her inspiration for the song came from 3 different women that greatly influenced her life. Each of the women experienced the loss of a family member.

1) Patti, a young widow with 3 kids, lost her husband

2) Vaneetha, experienced polo growing up, lost her infant son Paul from a heart defect. The first verse of "Held" refers to Vaneetha and her son, Paul. She shared with Christa about how knowing sorrow allowed her to also know joy and about the strange reality of feeling God's presence most keenly in the moments of deepest grief.

3) Sherry, Christa’s mother-in-law, lost her daughter Erica at birth. She spoke through tears about the pain of carrying a child to term and then having to let her go without even getting to take her home from the hospital. She told Christa about the still, small voice that spoke to her in the delivery room, “You have to choose how you will carry this loss after this moment. You can choose bitterness or you can choose to let me wrap you up in peace that can't be explained and that will lead to hope. You can choose to trust that you are not alone, and that everything you suffer here will someday be redeemed."

Because of the influence of these women, Christa realized that no person of faith since the beginning of time has ever lived without suffering. In fact, those who are students of Jesus have been promised that we certainly should expect pain and suffering in this life.

BUT …

In the middle of that heartache, at every lonely, dark, lost moment ...the Truth. That in those moments, especially then, we are held, held up, held together, by the the One who has walked here and knows the pain, and who also holds all of time, every story, my story, your story, the Greatest Story in his hands.

Christa said, “Every word (of the song) was chosen with loving care, because I didn't write this song for a market, or any audience, but for those three women. I wrote it and recorded it with my old 8-track and made a cassette copy for each of them.”

Link to the Natalie Grant video/song “Held.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOufqWodFNo

Below are the lyrics to 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 and
Let the hatred numb our sorrows
The wise hand 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
[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
We'd be held

This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was when everything fell
We'd be held

This is what it means to be held.....

8 comments:

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Susan

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  2. Jennifer -

    Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my blog about my precious daughter Jackie. I wish you God's blessings this holiday season!

    Dave

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  3. I too have known the sorrow of losing a child before ever getting to hold him. I was nine months pregnant and was told that my son was no longer with us. Since then I have dealt with severe health issues myself including cancer all before the age of 40. Though despite all of this I have felt the amazing grace of God and have felt "held". This song brings me to tears, though they are now mostly tears of understanding and an ability to relate to those who have had crisis in their life that tears at their ability to function. Peace to you and those who have lost someone they loved.

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  4. hearing "HELD" always moves me to tears because it reminds me of losing my dear mom to cancer - it's been 11 1/2 years ago, but the deep, deep loss is still there - and it rears its head at times still. God is the only ONE that got me thru her suffering and subsequent death, and now the anticipation of seeing her again on the other side - when it's my turn

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  5. David:
    I came across your blog while doing research on Natalie Grant's song "Held." Great blog. I will continue to follow it. I am a retired (sort of) LPC (The equivalent of a marriage and family therapist in CA). I am so sorry for your loss. Grief is hard. I pray for God's strength in your journey through it.
    Rpger

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  6. Thank you for this song, I cry every time I hear it as it reminds me of my daughter's abortion choice 7 years ago. Completely unaware until after she had this, it is still fresh in my heart and soul.

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  7. There are times and circumstances in our own life and of others where pain is to incomprehensible; then and there, "there are no words". Our faith in the Lord assures us that He holds and loves us, oh that there would be at least one other; to hold you.

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  8. I too, lost my daughter. But she was almost two and I watched her body deteriorate, my little girl suffering, for a year, to a horrible disease with no cure and no treatment. He held me in that hour that I held her lifeless body in my arms as she went to live with our Savior. Beautiful song.

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