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It's ok with me!

Oh sisters and brothers

Added 2nd March 2020

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Oh sisters and brothers,
be strong, do not lose heart,
though you weep and you suffer
and the road you walk is hard,
let the grace of another
become your path to peace:
may Jesus hold you
through your grief.

Though weeping may come in the night
there’ll be joy in the morning
when the taste of our tears
is replaced with the feast of the Lord,
and our enemy, death,
is consumed in the blaze of God’s glory,
and our grief will be no more.

We are heavy with sorrow
but this burden will not last,
there is joy yet to follow,
there is glory unsurpassed,
and our strength for tomorrow
is our perfect hope in Christ:
may Jesus lead you
through your life.

This song came out of the 2019 edition of the 12 Song Challenge, where we decided to try and write songs suitable funeral. This is my attempt. It was inspired by friends who were suffering real grief, but also held their grief in the knowledge of future glory. In the song I try to walk the line of holding the past, the present and the future together. I can particularly imagine it being something you might sing when your church has suffered a recent tragedy and needs to hold each other through it, giving voice to the mourning while framing it in hope.

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Thanks for this song - it has been helpful for us as we experience grief in our congregation. Thought you might like to hear our simple version: https://vimeo.com/channels/stcsongs/426496767
Kirsty Brown at 01:40 on 16th June 2020
Love the simplicity of the words and music. In the past few years I've been struck by how many final rhyming couplets in the plays by Shakespeare and his sonnets and George Herbert's poems end with a statement in monosyllabic words e.g. Herbert's Love 111 which finishes with "So I did sit and eat". Your song does too, Joel and it's very effective. Jackie G
Jackie Gooding at 10:12 on 22nd April 2020