Music is so powerful! It truly can help us to give words to and express so many different emotions that we simply cannot explain or express any other way. So many memories are tied to specific songs, and hearing even just a few notes of the song can bring up such strong emotion. Music can help us express pain, anger, sadness... as well as pleasure, happiness, and joy... and everything in between.
I have many different types of music that I like to listen to, depending on my mood and what's going on in my life. Some of the songs that have moved me can be found on my other blog, Unfolding the Rosebud (some of the ones listed on that blog are also found below).
I previously made a playlist with songs of hope... you can check it out here, My Playlist: Songs of Hope. The playlist includes many songs that I enjoy listening to often. They have words of hope and encouragement. I hope you'll take some time to listen to some of those songs, but I'd like to share some different ones in this post.
Behind the Scenes by Francesca Battistelli
This song really speaks to each and every one of us. We all have so much more going on than what others can see from the outside.
Things aren’t always what they seem / You’re only seeing part of me / There’s more than you could ever know / Behind the scenesI find this especially true for those living with chronic pain / illness:
You may think / I’m just fine / How could anything / Ever be out of line?
Sometimes I can’t see / Anything / Through the dark / Surrounding me / And at times I’m unsure / About the ground / Beneath my feet / If it’s safe and soundIt's important that we be compassionate to one another because every single one of us is fighting some sort of battle. And, we can have comfort in know that
When it’s hard to find hope in the unseen / I have peace in knowing it will find me
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." (James 1:2-3)
I wanna know why pain makes me stronger / I wanna know why good men die / Why am I so afraid of the dark, / But I stray from the light?
And I wonder why / Sometimes the truth ain’t easy to find / I wanna know all the answers / But I’m learning that / These things take time
We may shine, we may shatter... / We are fragile, we are human / We are shaped by the light we let through us / But we break fast 'cause we are glass' / Cause we are glass
I'll let you look inside me / Through the stains and through the cracks... / But try not to judge me / 'Cause we've walked down different paths
You can take everything I have / You can break everything I am / Like I'm made of glass / Like I'm made of paper / Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper / Like a skyscraper
I'll leave you with a song that always leaves me in tears... but that also gives me great peace and comfort (thanks, again, for sharing this song with me, my 'lil dove).
It’s like a storm / That cuts a path / It breaks your will / It feels like that / You think you're lost / But you're not lost / On your own / You're not alone
I will stand by you / I will help you through / When you’ve done all you can do / And you can’t cope / I will dry your eyes / I will fight your fight / I will hold you tight / And I won't let go