Here is a truly beautiful song called Breaking You by singer-song writer Audrey Assad. I was introduced to it recently at a conference, and I just have to share it!
It tells the story of a loved one struggling with depression, and the impact that this has on them, and on her. And then it holds out hope that builds throughout the song, powerfully blossoming in its final lines – make sure you catch them!
I’ll take away from the striking simplicity of the song if I write too much.
But I think its message rings true not only for those who experience periods of darkness and depression, in themselves or in a loved one, but also for any time of turmoil we face.
You’ve just got to reach out your hand.
That reaching may seem to go on forever, straining to touch the hand of the one who promises never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13: 5-6). Has he forgotten his promise to his children? Are we somehow excluded?
Yet even in the reaching, the waiting, and the fear, the old phrase is true.
“Underneath are the everlasting arms”
Jesus’ pierced hands hold onto us and are eternally sure.
The dark night may obscure the truth for a time, but it cannot change its reality.