Last year, I emailed Daniel Carter (who I had never met) and invited him to look over the lyrics on this website and see if he would be interested in collaborating on something. He said he would try to get to it, but was very busy (understatement!), and actually, what he really was looking for was a lyric that could be used for a Thanksgiving song–one that came from the viewpoint of a person who had had a really bad year.
I took that as an assignment, and began to work. The challenge with this sort of text is balancing the pathos and the faithful determination to move forward despite pain. I knew that the title needed to be phrased in a positive way, and I found inspiration in Psalms 5:3–“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord,” which had a nice dactylic cadence. I wanted the song to speak to people with any number of problems, up to and including the worst things ever. I wanted it to point them to Christ, the true Healer, and give them a vehicle with which to praise Him in submission, despite every trial.
My friend, text veteran Toni Thomas, mentored me with feedback (thank you!) until I had a finished product that was worth Dan’s time. Later, he created a beautifully moving setting that is available at HolySheetMusic.
You can listen here:
And here are the lyrics by themselves: