The Sweet Christian Bride

“Blessings” for Communion Solo

by admin on October 31, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions, Music with 55 Comments

The first time I heard Laura Story’s song, “Blessings,” I was driving to work, despondent and exhausted after a tough week. 

What if your blessings come through rain drops?  What if your healing comes through tears?”

I actually love rain, like in a Seattle-ite kind of way, and I happened to have been fighting back tears at that moment.  God, I thought, did you write this song for me?  He calmed my heart, reminding me He knows all about my tough work week and my needs that ensued.

Every other time I have heard “Blessings,” that same kind of intimate peace has settled in, even when I was not exhausted or crying or desperate.   It’s because the lyrics identify our limited perspective and remind us how harrowing life is without a savior who knows all and cares deeply.

“And what if the trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?”

The song is a reminder that God is mysterious, God is good, God is merciful, and God redeems.  What we see as broken or hopeless, God intends and uses for His mighty, wondrous plan.  No matter what we are facing or how sinful we are, we are overwhelmed by the love of a perfect, holy, stunning God!

As I listened to the song this morning, I pictured a bride and groom humbled together in the sharing of communion.   It sounds strange to picture a song that highlights brokenness at a celebration as happy as a wedding, I know.  But I think it’s a great solo choice for communion, nonetheless.

In communion, the bride and groom acknowledge their sinfulness and God’s redemption.  Though the wedding celebration is entirely joyful, this act of humility and contrition allows the joy to be rooted in a lasting foundation rather than in the passing fervor of emotion.  That lasting foundation is Christ because of the penalty He paid for our gift of eternal life.  “Blessings” puts that unfathomable gift into a poetic story that helps the wedding guests further grasp God’s love for them.

By Lindsay

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