A Sunday Song – Better Than a Hallelujah

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

~ Sarah Hart/Chapin Hartford  – Amy Grant

I changed my Sunday Song today after reading Unconflicted by my friend Chaz @ One direction – forward. I hope you’ll read it. I’m just going to share a short excerpt:

I have experienced far too many people who claim loudly and clearly to represent Jesus Christ yet their conduct bears little resemblance to what I read of him in the Bible.  I do my best to say this without judgment.  I simply don’t see the connection between what I have come to understand of Jesus and the words, actions, and attitudes of many of his label-wearing ‘representatives’.

Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.


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About Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

34 responses to “A Sunday Song – Better Than a Hallelujah”

  1. iamnotshe says :

    OK beautiful blogger, go get another nomination at iamnotshe. Whoppee!xoxo m

  2. Step On a Crack says :

    hello there!

    I happily nominate you for the Genuine Blogger Award:


    The Beautiful Blogger Award

    Thank you for all you have given me…

    Love, Jen

    • iamnotshe says :

      Just saying yippee! :-)

      • Debbie says :

        Dear friends – You are abundantly kind and generous. Thank you, Jen.
        I’m going to try to get started on these awards. I begin and then get side tracked and write a post instead.
        melis – I love how you ‘weep with those who weep, and rejoice with those who rejoice’!
        love to you both,

  3. Step On a Crack says :

    ‘The tears of shame for what’s been done
    The silence when the words won’t come
    Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes’

    Perfect for the season. You are always on the money…

    I thank you for that.

    XO Jen

  4. Linda says :

    Honest cries of breaking hearts, grace for the moment, love it, thanks for sharing.

    • Debbie says :

      Dear Linda – Oh my friend, how we’ve tried to stifle the cries of our own breaking hearts. Yes, grace – always abundant for the moment.
      much love to you,

  5. lambskinny says :

    Wonderful Debbie. Blessings, Carley

  6. writinggomer says :

    Good as always Debbie! :)

  7. iamnotshe says :

    I love your pics of churches. Are these Ireland and thereabouts????

  8. iamnotshe says :

    THANK YOU for brightening my LATE morning with this lullaby. I saw Amy Grant in Saugus, MA … i think Saugus. What an awesome song. She is a beauty indeed

    God just hears a melody.

    I feel so brightened. Much love to you … melis … ok i’ve got goosebumps and i feel freakin’ tear coming.

    • Debbie says :

      melis – We are truly all just a bit of a broken mess. I so love you and Jen and Chaz and Heidi for being willing to share yourselves is such real and vulnerable ways. It’s better than a Hallelujah sometimes!
      love and peace to you, mel,
      ~ Debbie

  9. Heid Fogle says :

    I am so happy to have a best friend who ‘gets it’. Thank you for carrying the message with such poignant grace and lack of posturing… I’m a bit bleary with the tears still getting in my way. You often make me laugh, but this one made me cry with gratitude.

    • Debbie says :

      Heidi – I’m the blessed one here. I’ve learned so much about grace from you. Thank you, dear friend.
      And I’m pleasantly surprised that I made you cry. ;)
      ~ Debbie

  10. Debby says :

    Our resident manager introduced me to this song. It’s lovely on all counts. And I had just read Chaz’s blog before TMG. It was a a wow! post. Glad you linked to it. Grace, friend.

    • Debbie says :

      Debby – He doesn’t write often (enough) but he sure says a lot, doesn’t he? Of course, the song is now on repeat in my head – but I’m enjoying it! :D
      love and grace to you, dear one,

  11. Noel Williams (prhayz) www.prhayz.com says :

    Excellent Post Debbie! I especially like this:” I have experienced far too many people who claim loudly and clearly to represent Jesus Christ yet their conduct bears little resemblance to what I read of him in the Bible.”

    Thank you very much for sharing. God bless you.

    • Debbie says :

      Noel – I liked Chaz’s entire post, but had to pick a section to share here that was fairly short. That was only one of the many good points he made, but it was the one I hope never describes me!
      God bless you, too, Noel,
      ~ Debbie

  12. Chaz says :

    Wow Debbie… those are powerful lyrics. Reminds me of what I felt was the first honest cry I had when my life completely bottomed. I am not one who loosely references “hearing from God”, but during that time of what felt like utter brokenness, a thought so vividly came to mind, “You are finally exactly where I need you to be for me to begin working in you”.

    I had all but forgotten Amy Grant but will definitely look this one up.



    • Debbie says :

      Hello Chaz!
      Thank you for allowing me to share your post (not that I asked first or anything! ;) You always give me much to think about. So much more than I can relay here in 2 minutes. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

      I’d been kicking this Amy Grant song around in my head for a while. When I read Unconflicted, it clicked for me.
      I don’t want to be one of those Christians you don’t want to identify with because the hands I raise in praise are also the ones that point fingers and throw stones.

      I don’t mind being a beautiful mess, but I never want to be a synthetic one!
      love and grace to you, Chaz,
      ~ Debbie

  13. Debbie says :

    I loved all of this, gracious one. The song . . .Chaz. Oh just to be honest before Him and others.
    God bless you beautifully today, regardless of the messy parts! love – the other deb

    • Debbie says :

      Dear Deb – Messy parts and all, I’m most blessed. Thank you, Deb. Chaz doesn’t post often, but I hope people will follow him. When he writes, he really has something to say! :D
      ~ Debbie

  14. vivian greene says :

    i LOVE that song. Are you familiar with Trading My Sorrows? I bet you’d like that too.

    Are you the person who recommended the pastor from this site for the award? http://jelillie.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/dance-in-the-rain-rewrite/

    I need his name and a way to get in touch with him please.

    • Debbie says :

      Hello vivian and thank you for stopping by TMG. I do know and like Trading My Sorrows (the song and the concept). :D
      Yes, I did link to my friend, Pastor J. Your have the right link to his blog. If you click on it and go to his about page, possibly you could leave him a message? I’m afraid that’s all the info I have. We’ve only become friends through our blogs.
      I hope you’re able to connect with him.
      ~ Debbie

    • jelillie says :

      Hey Vivian, Here I am! :) Debbie was kind enough to forward your message. Feel free to check out my blog. I would be glad to get in touch!

  15. Caddo Veil says :

    Oh, Debbie! This is one of my favorite “fave” songs!! In fact, I just burned a CD “variety album” which included quite a few of Amy Grant’s songs, as well as this one–and sent it to our other Debbie sister. So, we’re really in sync! And I’m so glad you mentioned Chaz and his current post–I thoroughly enjoy him. I like what he says, and the way he says it–he seems very “genuine” to me, and you know that counts for a lot with Caddo! I hope you’re well–I was thinking about that Texas Toast again, wondering if the frozen boxes are really any good… Anyhow, God bless you BIG, sis!

    • Debbie says :

      Hello Caddo!
      I so agree with you. Chaz is the real deal and is willing to deal with real difficult issues in a gracious way. I appreciate that.
      As for the Toast – it’s pretty good! :D
      love and grace to you,
      ~ Debbie

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