It is Well (Brave Every Day)

lighthouse_waveYour experience may be different. But my depression is typically more numbness than sadness. Little feeling. No tears.

So when something pierces through enough to cause a welling up, I know to pay attention. (More regular tears in recent days tell me I’m on a recovering path.)

The old hymn It is Well with my Soul is one of those things that can always cut me to the quick. And Matt Redman’s newly released acoustic version came to my ears at the right time. (Lyrics & Link below)

But it puzzled me. How could I sing those words with so much conviction while knowing I was so lost inside myself? How did I know that I know that I know that indeed It is Well even while knowing in equal measure that so many things were not OK?

The wars we wage inside ourselves are multi-faceted.

My body craves sugar on a physical level. My mind wants it as a comfort. My spirit is used to letting a liar have its way with words about my worth. It’s a battle on many fronts.

But my soul is secure.

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
From Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened. (Ps 62: 1-2, Amplified)

No matter the state of my mind, my heart, my spirit, or my body, there is a place that is secure.

My soul rejoices.

And It Is Well.


It is Well with My Soul, by Matt Redman

Our scars are a sign
Of grace in our lives
Oh Father how You brought us through

When deep were the wounds
And dark was the night
The promise of Your love You proved

Now every battle still to come
Let this be our song

It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul

Weeping may come
Remain for a night
But joy will paint the morning sky

You’re there in the fast
You’re there in the feast
Your faithfulness will always shine

Now every blessing still to come
Let this be our song

It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul

You lead us through battles
You lead us to blessing
And You make us fruitful
In the land of our suffering God
It is well
It is well with my soul

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