For my pick as the 17th best song ever, of the best 25 songs ever, is the first of two contemporary Christian songs in my list. I pick and choose when I listen to this song because it is so moving. The first time I listened to this song… a take, if you will, on the Christian poem, “Footprints In The Sand”, I broke down into tears and it took a good ten to fifteen minutes to compose myself. To this day I get tears in my eyes when this tune is playing. I have been through a lot in my life…. a lot. I do not mean your random ‘stuff’. I have repressed memories that come out in ‘flash shots’ and my therapist and I have both decided it is best to leave them be. I will just leave it that at that because it is very personal but make it very clear NO ONE on my fathers side of the family lay any blame to these issues and my Mother had very serious troubles due to serious traumatic events in her childhood. Anything that may or may not have been ’caused’ because of her pain has long been forgiven. As an adult, I have endured even more, but again, do not sit and dwell in the past. I try to live in the present and be the best I can be for today and make myself the best person I can be going forward: a good wife, mother (I try, God knows, I try), Grandmother, niece, friend and most of all, Christian sister to my fellow human being.
This is what it means to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We’d be held
Wow! “When the sacred was torn from your life and you survived.”……. “The promise was that when everything fell, we’d be held.” I get a lump in my throat just typing these words. These two stanzas impacted me so much…. on such a deep level that I feel this song deserves a place as one of the best songs ever recorded.
I would like to dedicate this post to the six heroes…. the teachers and faculty that gave their lives to protect AND the twenty babies that died, all of them far too soon, in the Sandy Hook massacre on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, CT. To your families, the promise is, you will be “Held”.