I don’t talk about my spiritual life much. There’s a lot of things I don’t talk about much that maybe I should say more about. Anyway, there it is. The fact is, I love God, and while I am not as good about showing it as I could be, every now and the something comes along that makes me want to take out a billboard and announce it to the world because it says it SO MUCH BETTER than I ever could. This bit I’m putting up here is one of those things.
The back story: A while back I joined the newly established choir at our church. A music director had been hired and I loved singing so why not? Our new director had definite ideas about the type of music to be sung, that happened to be almost exactly the sort of stuff I LIKED to sing. It is not the “Jesus Is My Boyfriend” type of music, nor is it the “Hoppalong Jesus” 4 part harmony Gospel Where’s My Microphone stuff. It’s hymns. Old hymns, new hymns, rearranged hymns, and enough Purcell and Bach thrown in to please the classical music lovers in the congregation. Great stuff. Anyway, she has a fondness for this couple named Keith and Kristyn Getty– a husband and wife duo from Ireland (now in Nashville) who write this BEE-AH-YOOO-TI-FUL music with all the proper chord resolutions and Reformed Theology words and is simply wonderful. I put them on Pandora so I get to hear ALL THE STUFF. Also I’m a sucker for anything with Uillean pipes in it.
They wrote a song recently, upon the birth of their first child, called A Mother’s Prayer, and asked a bunch of us mothers with blogs to make a post about it. I listened to the song and even though it was written for their wee little daughter (who’s in the video just lookathoseweepigtailsIwantotsquishher!”) the words are just as true to me, with my grown sons. I pray the same things for them, every day. She sings it so much better than I could ever say it.
Also, these are Kristyn’s words about this song that they wrote, to their daughter.
Reflections on A Mother’s Prayer
In the spring of 2008 I first prayed for a baby, and in the spring of 2011 God answered that prayer with the birth of our beautiful daughter. My joy was full but so were the fears I wrestled. In some ways I felt like a baby Christian again, caught in a whirlwind of emotions, learning and applying what I have known and trusted into a completely new life – I know I’m definitely not the first to feel that!
Friends of ours had given us a card when their first son was born; it was full of prayer requests for his little life, a prayer for every day of the month. My prayers were not quite as coherent as those, especially at first, but the urgency of the moment drove me to my knees. “Help her, help me” baby prayers at 3am; prayers as I heard the baby monitor light up in the morning; prayers when I thought of her safety, her soul, her future; prayers with my husband; prayers while Eliza listened in.
When people found out that I was pregnant one of the most frequent comments I received was how my creativity would discover a whole new vista of inspiration as I became a mother. So, when Eliza came I was anticipating a fresh flow of profound poetic thought, but instead I was swept up in the constant flow of changes and feedings and “Old MacDonald had a farm!” I was expecting full sentences, but I was blubbering looking at my beautiful girl! I actually wondered if I’d ever be able to write again. I just about tucked some thoughts away to ponder later when my brain would start to fit itself back together again (still nowhere near a completed process!). As I continued to learn the wonderful balancing act and privilege of mothering, homemaking, writing, traveling and singing, Keith and I began to write a song for Eliza choosing this theme of praying for her, and the end result was “A Mother’s Prayer.”
My parents have faithfully prayed for me my whole life, and I remember when I was younger my mum met with other mums to pray for all their children – a “Moms in Touch” group in Belfast. Even just the knowledge of that helped me, and I want Eliza to know we are praying for her and trying to guide her in this context that reaches to the call and purpose of her whole life and an understanding of the Lord’s grace and faithfulness. We’re now in the toddler stage and some of the prayer needs are shifting. We wanted the song to reflect the different seasons – ones we had discovered and then those still to come. We also wrote it to remind us of our promise to pray for her through all the years we’re given. We hope this song for her – and even more our praying for her – might catch her ear and help guide her heart as she grows up
I don’t often get emotional about stuff like this, but it rings very true to me, and has honestly touched me. I enjoy their music. It frequently requires me to stop what I’m doing and listen and think. This particular song touched a chord that needed touching. I hope you like it as much as I do.