Bless the Lord

Laura Story is not a widow, but one who understands the pain of suffering.  She wrote the No. 1 worship hit “Indescribable” recorded in 2004 by Chris Tomlin, married a handsome athlete named Martin Elvington the next year, and began working in music and women’s ministry at the 4,000-member Perimeter Church in Atlanta. After signing an artist deal with the INO Records, her 2008 national debut won a Dove Award for Inspirational Album and earned Laura two consecutive nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year—all blessings, indeed.
But amidst that success a brain tumor hospitalized her husband in 2006. The faith Story sang about was put through the unexpected fires of fear and loneliness; most young newlyweds don’t imagine being kept alive at one point by breathing machines or having to find their way through significant post-operative vision and memory loss. Could grace notes resound from such a life-altering struggle? Laura’s incisive new album, Blessings, suggests they do.

“Life is filled with things you don’t expect, but the Bible tells us to respond by trusting God and continuing to worship him,” Story begins. “Martin hasn’t received complete healing—and that can be hard at times when we view God as all-powerful and all-loving. But here we are now saying, ‘Yes, this is how faith works.’ God has proven to be faithful.

Yet Story knows firsthand the journey to surrender gets complicated—that it sometimes involves having to redefine what God’s “blessings” could mean, a spiritual wrestling match she perfectly encapsulates on Blessings’ breathtaking title track and first single:

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life

is a revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?

“The song shows that we still have more questions than answers,” Laura confesses. “But there’s a decision that I find God is asking us to make: whether we are going to choose to interpret our circumstances based on what we hold to be true about God, or whether we’re going to judge what we hold to be true about God based on our circumstances.”

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4 responses

  1. It is nearly seven months, Candy since my best friend, my husband went to glory. Still lost in thoughts and words as to why he had to go. But just as you have beautifully expressed above, God is a faithful God. He remains loving, trustworthy, the redeemer, the healer ,Abba father , the great one, man of war, the unchangeable God etc . The mere fact that I loved to be married and now I am a widow would not by an inch reduce God to a small uncaring and unfaithful God . I always tell my children that he is faithful because he has given us grace to tell our story and let alone live our lives. This signifies that we went through fire but we came out alive. The fact that we are still here, shows that we emerged out of the ashes alive. We might have emerged out of the ashes covered in dust, crawling or carried on a stretcher, conscious or unconscious , but the truth is, we were served for a purpose. Candy, it is very hard for you and every other widow what we went through and what Laura is going through now, but one thing that keeps me going is; despite losing my champion, my husband there is something that has remained and that is my life. And with what has remained, I pray that I will continue to serve and praise God. Furthermore ,I will continue to find Him faithful.


    • “We might have emerged out of the ashes covered in dust crawling or carried on a stretcher conscious or unconscious”……such a perfect word picture of what we are like after the death of our husbands, Gertrude. Thank you, again, for your comments and for sharing from your heart so early in your own grief.


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