If I am in the right (wrong?) frame of mind, then a lot of songs can make me cry.
(The “right” frame of mind: whenever I am feeling emotionally raw/tired.)
When I read the prompt for today, though, the first song that came to mind was Andrew Peterson’s Always Good.
The lyrics are really meaningful, and it’s possible that they would be tear-inducing on a good day.
But part of what makes me associate this song with tears is that I tend to listen to it more often when things are not going very well for me.
When there is heart-cracking pain in my life, when life seems hopelessly broken, when I am discouraged, when I am feeling desperate…that’s when my heart is hungry for what this song offers; the truths that:
- life is full of pain and it’s ok to say so when it’s hard
- God is still good
- the pain is working something good in me, even when I do not know what that good is
Do You remember how Mary was grieving? How You wept and she fell at Your feet?
If it’s true that You know what I’m feeling could it be that You’re weeping with me?
Arise, O Lord, and save me; there’s nowhere else to go
You’re always good, always good
Somehow this sorrow is shaping my heart like it should
And You’re always good, always good
Well it’s so hard to know what You’re doing; why won’t You tell it all plain?
But You said You’d come back on the third day and Peter missed it again and again
So maybe the answer surrounds us but we don’t have eyes to see
That You’re always good, always good; this heartache is moving me closer than joy ever could
And You’re always good
My God, my God, be near me There’s nowhere else to go