I’m guessing that most of my readers have never heard of Sara Beth Geoghegan. I hadn’t either until I read a review of her debut album in World magazine back in September 2009. I have to agree with the reviewer that
Tired of Singing Sad Songs, is a breath of unsentimental fresh air, realistically confronting the pain of loss and sadness while affirming a sure hope in Jesus.
Two songs in particular have been quite encouraging over the past year as they are truthful, real, and hopeful all at the same time.
Lord Deliver Me with its overlapping and repeating chorus of “Lord deliver me from me Lord deliver me to You” is quietly convicting especially as Sara leads us to pray:
Lord deliver me from the desire to be noticed, loved, exalted
Lord deliver me from the desire to be favored, popular chosen or acknowledged
Lord deliver me from the fear of being wrong, forgotten or ignored
Lord deliver me from the fear of being humiliated or left behind
Grant that I may seek to comfort rather than be comforted by others
Grant that I may understand and love more than be understood and loved well
Lord deliver me from the desire to be noticed and encouraged
Lord deliver me from the desire to be appreciated and included
Hallelujah, What a Mess speaks of the amazing paradox of brokenness and the grace of God. Another blogger writes "Hallelujah, What a Mess, is an admission of our weakness and dependence on God, that even at our best we’re a mess. It has an infectious melody that begs you to sing.” (There is a link to the song at the end of that blog post).
Each song, or the entire album, is available for download from Amazon. I trust you will be encouraged.