My husband and I have been blessed by the music ministry of Keith & Kristyn Getty over the last several years. Often as I am going about my day, running errands and doing housework, I have their music playing as my daughter and I sing along and soak up the scriptural truths contained in their songs. God has taught and encouraged me countless times through His truths masterfully put to music by the Gettys. We were privileged to have spend a bit of time with them last year when they were in concert at our church. A workshop with Keith gave insight into their songwriting process (each song begins as the equivalent to a 4-page theological paper which they then condense down into one song’s worth — no wonder the lyrics are so rich!) and brief conversation with Kristyn was encouraging as she shared her heart and just chatted with us as fellow moms. It was refreshing to find them so genuine and with such a heart to serve the church through writing modern hymns, many of which you’re probably already familiar with (such as “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross”).
I first heard their song “A Mother’s Prayer” at a time when I was sifting through fears of the future and what the world will be like when my daughter is older. Tears streamed down my face as I listened to this song that so eloquently portrays the sentiments my heart couldn’t articulate so clearly, and it has been a favorite since. Moms of all ages will surely identify with and be blessed by this lullaby prayer for our children. I’m delighted to share with you some thoughts about this song from one of its writers, Kristyn Getty. I’m grateful to her for allowing me the opportunity to share this with you, and I hope you will be tremendously blessed by her this week before Mother’s Day. Enjoy, and check back later this week as we will be sharing the Gettys’ first music video (also featuring this song) and a couple other fun Mother’s Day items!
Reflections on A Mother’s Prayer
In the spring of 2008 I first prayed for a baby, and in the spring of 2011 God answered
that prayer with the birth of our beautiful daughter. My joy was full but so were the fears
I wrestled. In some ways I felt like a baby Christian again, caught in a whirlwind of
emotions, learning and applying what I have known and trusted into a completely new
life – I know I’m definitely not the first to feel that!
Friends of ours had given us a card when their first son was born; it was full of prayer
requests for his little life, a prayer for every day of the month. My prayers were not quite
as coherent as those, especially at first, but the urgency of the moment drove me to my
knees. “Help her, help me” baby prayers at 3am; prayers as I heard the baby monitor
light up in the morning; prayers when I thought of her safety, her soul, her future; prayers
with my husband; prayers while Eliza listened in.
When people found out that I was pregnant one of the most frequent comments I received
was how my creativity would discover a whole new vista of inspiration as I became a
mother. So, when Eliza came I was anticipating a fresh flow of profound poetic thought,
but instead I was swept up in the constant flow of changes and feedings and “Old
MacDonald had a farm!” I was expecting full sentences, but I was blubbering looking
at my beautiful girl! I actually wondered if I’d ever be able to write again. I just about
tucked some thoughts away to ponder later when my brain would start to fit itself back
together again (still nowhere near a completed process!). As I continued to learn the
wonderful balancing act and privilege of mothering, homemaking, writing, traveling and
singing, Keith and I began to write a song for Eliza choosing this theme of praying for
her, and the end result was “A Mother’s Prayer.”
My parents have faithfully prayed for me my whole life, and I remember when I was
younger my mum met with other mums to pray for all their children – a “Moms in
Touch” group in Belfast. Even just the knowledge of that helped me, and I want Eliza to
know we are praying for her and trying to guide her in this context that reaches to the call
and purpose of her whole life and an understanding of the Lord’s grace and faithfulness.
We’re now in the toddler stage and some of the prayer needs are shifting. We wanted
the song to reflect the different seasons – ones we had discovered and then those still to
come. We also wrote it to remind us of our promise to pray for her through all the years
we’re given. We hope this song for her – and even more our praying for her – might
catch her ear and help guide her heart as she grows up.