Faith & Encouragement

Emptiness Sings

May 1, 2011

A Holy Experience, written by Ann Voskamp, is blog that resoundingly speaks to women the world over. She wrote a piece not too long ago called “How Emptiness Can Sing“. Christa Wells, the brilliance behind the Natalie Grant song, “Held”, wrote this lovely song to go with it.

Go HERE and listen to it.  Boys, look away.  Or enjoy it.  There is loveliness that cannot be denied.

It is a fool who looks at his life and curses both darkness and light.  As too much or too little.  We are in the hands of a Merciful Creator and a Wise Keeper of all we are.  How ungrateful are we to forget that when we are given space it is so that we can witness the echo and the ripple of our life in His hands.

HOW EMPTINESS SINGS

Brother, he’s suffered like a tree taken down

Wept as he witnessed his dreams carved out

And how can a man just keep walking around

With his heart full of holes

But ooh,

His bow is on the strings

And the tune resonates in the open space

To show us how emptiness sings:

Glory to God, Glory to God!

In fullness of wisdom,

He writes my story into his song,

My life for the glory of God.

Hmm, hmmm

Sister carries her loneliness

In a hidden hollow inside her chest

And sometimes all that she wants is an end

To the long, long night

But ooh,

Her bow is on the strings,

And the tune resonates in the open space

To show us how emptiness sings:

Glory to God, Glory to God!

In fullness of wisdom,

He writes my story into his song,

My life for the glory of God.

Hmm, hmmm

I haven’t been asked yet to walk the hard roads

Still there’s a sense of deep loss in my soul

In the middle of a party, I’ll just want to go

Home.

But ooh,

My bow is on the strings,

I’m beginning to learn where to find the words

To the song that emptiness sings

Ooh, bow is on the strings:

Glory to God! Glory to God!

This is how emptiness sings, oh,

This is how emptiness sings

Hmmm, hmmm

  • Oh my…so beautiful. I needed to hear that.

  • Joelle

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • I have written it out and will be singing it at my bible study worship on Wednesday. It seems such a fitting song for the conclusion of the study of the Book of Acts, namely when considering Paul’s life, his struggles and his eventual end.

    I won’t admit, out loud, that I’m just delighted to play the lovely grand piano they have at the church down town and the acoustics in the sanctuary are perfect so I sound much more marvelous than I should. 🙂

  • Joelle

    Hey, if I could play and sing and had the opportunity to do so in a place with great acoustics I’d be delighted, too. 🙂

  • Would have loved to be there when you sang… hope to hear you another day… 😉