Often in Christian worship it seems that we only allow the “lighter” emotions. Grief, sorrow and pain can be pushed aside. But in the Bible we see the psalmists being honest before God, Jesus weeping at a graveside, and hear him say “Blessed are those who mourn”. This song gives space for worshippers to know that there is a time for tears and honesty before God. It may be useful at a funeral, or another time of tragedy or mourning. 

You can download the video for free from the link on the right. For sheet music, the mp3 and more visit Resound Worship. The recording features Gemma Scharnowski's voice, Keiko Ying's cello and Matt Osgood's piano and production. Sam is really grateful to all of them for their skills, and to Joel Payne and the 12 Song Challenge folks for input.

We've written an article unpacking further biblical basis for grief in worship, and pointing you towards other resources which could be helpful in these difficult situations.

There’s a time for tears, and a time for pain,
time to hurt while the grief remains.
There’s a time when peace seems so far away,
yet still God holds us on that day.

There’s a time to weep from the ache inside,
time to show what we’ve tried to hide,
There’s a time to doubt and to wonder why,
and hold each other as we cry.

God of comfort, God of the cross,
joining us here to weep,
stand beside us, grieving our loss,
and be for us the hope of peace.

There is time to smile at the memories,
time for thanks as we meet to grieve.
It takes time to heal, so we pause today
to mourn, remember and to pray.

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