A broken hallelujah

It is Sunday morning and I had my coffee and creamer, and will get ready for church soon.

I feel conflicted about how this week has gone: I had my book signing at The Carpenter’s Cup bookstore, was able to spend time this week with our kids and grandkids (eating pizza at Mazzio’s and taking our granddaughters bowling), joined a ladies’ Bible study on Priscilla Shirer’s book The Armor of God, but Ray and I are at each other’s throats again, which started this time over a stupid ceiling fan not working.

Heather & Leah--Mazzio's Pizza
Heather & Leah–Mazzio’s Pizza

 

pepperoni-pizza
pepperoni-pizza

 

Annabelle & Violet bowling
Annabelle & Violet bowling

I think life is just that way, though. As Charles Dickens’ book A Tale of Two Cities says, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”. A mixture of the good and bad. All of it sacred and for the purpose of glorifying God. 

woman stretching arms
woman worshipping

This week as I was driving in the car (my prayer-mobile), I was worshipping, listening to K-Love radio station.

Even though my heart felt heavy about some things, I chose to praise and worship God. I gave Him my broken hallelujah, the name of a song by The Afters. You can watch the YouTube video here: Broken Hallelujah

The lyrics say:

I can barely stand right now.
Everything is crashing down,
And I wonder where you are.
I try to find the words to pray.
I don’t always know what to say,
But you’re the one that can hear my heart.
Even though I don’t know what your plan is,
I know you make beauty from these ashes.
I’ve seen joy and I’ve seen pain.
On my knees, I call your name.
Here’s my broken hallelujah.
With nothing left to hold onto,
I raise these empty hands to you.
Here’s my broken, here’s my broken,
Hallelujah [x3]
(Here’s my broken)
Hallelujah
You know the things that have brought me here.
You know the story of every tear.
‘Cause you’ve been here from the very start.
Even though I don’t know what your plan is,
I know you make beauty from these ashes.
I’ve seen joy and I’ve seen pain…”
woman looking out window
woman looking out window

Yes, God knows the story of every tear you shed and He makes beauty from ashes

Keep your praise and worship on…in the best of times and in the worst of times. Focus on Jesus. All these things are wrapping up soon. (Revelation 1:7)

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