Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blessed Be Your Name

Do you have one (or more) of those songs that just take you back to a very specific time in your life? When I was pregnant with Aidan, I remember singing "Blessed Be Your Name" in church quite often. It must have come out around that time. Every time we would sing it, I would almost be brought to tears thinking about the precious boy growing inside me and trying to fathom the depth of the words I was saying. "You give and take away. You give and take away. My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name." Would I really be able to bless His name if He allowed something to go wrong with that pregnancy? If something were to happen to that child? The song begins by talking about praising Him in times of abundance. Sure, it's easy in the good times. Or actually, maybe it's not. Maybe that's when we forget to give Him the glory because we're content and comfortable. "Every blessing you pour out, I'll turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say... Blessed be the name of the Lord." Are you in a time where "streams of abundance flow?" Or are you "on the road marked with suffering" right now? I pray that we will be able to bless His name no matter what road we're each on right now. As I read through some of Walker Rainey's Caring Bridge site (Erica wrote about this yesterday), I am blown away at the faithfulness of his parents. What an amazing testimony. "Though there's pain in the offering, blessed be Your name."

If you have time, just take a few minutes to listen and let these words sink in.


  1. I read a few entries from Walker's CB page after reading Erica's blog last night. So heartbreaking. I was also in awe of his parents' unwavering faith. "We are thankful and content as or son sits at the feet of Jesus." That one tugged at my heart, and I was crying like a baby. Just at that moment, Izzy cried out from her room, and I'd never been more happy to rock her back to sleep. Great blog!!

  2. Jen, Your faith and testimony are also a great inspiration. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Great post, Amelia - very thought-provoking. I've been having those same kinds of thoughts, wondering what kind of strength/witness I would have if I were in Chad and Missy's position. Honestly, I hope I never have to find out.