How do you make the wounded whole?
Where does my comfort come from? What strengthens me in this journey that now spans thirty-four years?
It comes from the knowledge that our Savior understands sorrow, loss, wounds, and pain on an unimaginable scale. My hope comes from the assurance that He not only understands, but He weaves purpose through my loss and pain.
We recorded this as a gift for Peter’s father, a minister for more than 56 years. This song continues to define his ministry and the passion he feels to reach the “wounded and sin-sick souls.” At the time I recorded this, I worried the numerous intubations left permanent injury to my vocal chords. Peter encouraged me to sing this, however, and our friend, Grammy award winning sound engineer, Chris Latham
helped. He brought recording equipment to the house, and I sat in my wheelchair in our kitchen with my dog, Mack next to me. Peter played the piano in the room right off the kitchen, and Chris recorded this live to track. Peter later contracted and produced the lush orchestrations.
I Don’t Perform This Song. I Cling To It.
This Sunday, I will once again sing this song at church. We do so periodically at special events or times of grief. This song contains deep personal meaning to so many, and it never ceases to move me. I don’t perform it, I cling to it.
If you struggle with pain and sorrow today, my prayer and hope is that this song will do for you what it continues to do for me. It anchors me in the reality of the Gospel, and the comfort, grace, and strength issued to us by our Savior.
Furthermore, each time I sing or hear this song, I am assured of the promise that one day, the wounded will indeed be made whole.