Two Prayers & Two Songs by The ‘Wailing Jennys’…

January 29, 2014

The best prayers are the ones that originate from our / His Spirit within our inner being, as opposed to prayers that originate from our own natural mind. Prayer is simply conversation. Whether we know it or not, this conversation is continually happening between our spirit and His. (I wrote more about this in an article entitled: In Order To Pray Without Ceasing, You Must Quit Praying.) Others have described this conversation as a divine dance. In today’s post, I’d like to describe prayer as a song.

The Wailing Jennys

I recently made a great personal discovery. I stumbled upon an international folk band called The Wailing Jennys. I love their sound, but more importantly, I love the reality of Christ that I hear through their music. There are two songs of theirs that I’d like to introduce to you today.

One Voice

The first song is a great expression of the nature of love that exists within the triune nature of God, as well as the love that we have been miraculously brought into.  This prayer / song is continually being expressed in our inner being whether we are aware of it or not.  Take a few minutes to simply listen to this song. After you listen, read through the lyrics that I will post just below the YouTube video. I will include my comments and insights in parentheses following the lyrics. Those reading this post from your email inbox will need to go directly to the blog to view these videos:

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This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice

(The Father, who is Spirit, is the Headwater and source of Love.  He has made a choice to love, to give all of Himself away to His Son.) 

This is the sound of voices two, the sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two

(The Son, the object of the Father’s love, receives & expresses His love back to Him in true companionship.) 

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three

(The Spirit, with selfless agenda, delights to carry the Father’s love to the Son and back to the Father in a continual exchange.  The Spirit’s pleasure and delight in this exchange of love completes the fullness of the divine song / dance that is being expressed.) 

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us

(We have been birthed ‘into’ the very midst of this mysterious song.  Through His Spirit, we become the actual singers that make this song heard in perfect pitch.  The notes to this perfect song are love, and trust is the environment that allows the notes to be heard.)   

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

(Our common voice of love (Christ) is the bond that holds us all together in unity.  In Him, there is only one community with one song.  This song has been given to all of us.  We are all qualified to sing this song.  No auditions required.)


Beautiful Dawn

The second song I’d like to introduce to you is a song about relationships.  All of life consists of relationship.  Relationships are all we truly have.  At the core of our being we desire to be whole, to feel deeply, and to be united with others through love.  My spirit cries out to the Lord, continually, for these things.  This prayer of mine / ours is expressed through this song:

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Take me to the breaking of a beautiful dawn
Take me to the place where we come from
Take me to the end so I can see the start
There’s only one way to mend a broken heart

(The cry to be taken to the start of a new day (dawn) is a cry for the future heavenly kingdom of God to break into our present reality.  This future heavenly kingdom (in Christ) is also ancient, going back before the foundations of the earth were laid.  This is where we come from.  This is a place where all the lies that have assaulted us are eradicated, allowing us to experience healing.)   

Take me to the place where I don’t feel so small
Take me where I don’t need to stand so tall
Take me to the edge so I can fall apart
There’s only one way to mend a broken heart

(We all have a cry / prayer deep within us to live in a place where we are not belittled. We want to go to a place where where we don’t have to be on guard. We desire to exist in a place where all the guards can come down, and we are safe to allow the depths of our broken heart to be opened up and healed.)

Take me where love isn’t up for sale
Take me where our hearts are not so frail
Take me where the fire still owns its spark
There’s only one way to mend a broken heart

(Our value has nothing to do with what we do, or what we have to offer. Relationships rooted in Christ do not give or receive acceptance & love based on a value or service provided. Relationships rooted in Christ are the only place where broken hearts can be healed. This is where we are crying out to live.)

Teach me how to see when I close my eyes
Teach me to forgive and to apologize
Show me how to love in the darkest dark
There’s only one way to mend a broken heart

(True seeing, healing, and reconciliation comes when we close our eyes to the external darkness around us, and we gaze upon the love within.)

Take me where the angels are close at hand
Take me where the ocean meets the sky and the land
Show me to the wisdom of the evening star
There’s only one way to mend a broken heart

(The cry of our / His heart within us is for heaven to come to earth. For the unseen realm to break into the seen realm. This is the place where healing and restoration occur.)

Take me to the place where I feel no shame
Take me where the courage doesn’t need a name
Learning how to cry is the hardest part
There’s only one way to mend a broken heart

(All the years where we have learned to protect ourselves by walling off our emotions can come to an end. This is a place where we can feel, deeply. This place, in Christ, is where true healing occurs.)

Whether you are aware of it or not, these two prayers expressed here today are your prayer, and His. They are happening. Continually. Thankfully, these prayers are being answered and lived out. Today, may we actively join this vitally important conversation that is continually occuring within us. Today is a day of prayer, and it is ALWAYS today.

Jamal Jivanjee

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13 responses to Two Prayers & Two Songs by The ‘Wailing Jennys’…

  1. Jamal

    Another reason reason to love you brother, you have the same appreciation for great music! The WJ’s have been a favorite of mine for a couple of years and you are correct their music is not just beautiful it is thought provoking and challenging.

    I have always loved the line “take me to the end so I can see the start. There is only one way to mend a broken heart.” I’ve meditated on that before as I have brought my one broken heart to Him before so I know how that can be a prayer.

    And just last night in the Tuesday night group we were talking about how we (the gathered community as individuals and in relationship with each other) are the temple of God (1 COR 3 as our text) because we like the temple and like Christ before us express the mystery of God and Man in intimacy meeting in one place. Man I wish I ha thought of using One Voice…there is always next week. Thanks for keeping it real bro.

    Your Bro From Where The Wind Blows

    • So glad you appreciate the WJ’s too Bond! I feel like I have struck gold by discovering them. I hope these songs can be an encouragment to the community you are a part of. Blessings bro, and thanks again for sharing your comment.

  2. Beautiful lyrics coupled with beautiful music. The all encompassing heart of Love is expressed here in the beautiful prayers set to music. They express the gospel, and convey that Love restores all of creation ‘in’ Love. The beauty of His Love is the source of constant awe, reverence and enjoyment.

    Thank you Jamal for you’re ministry of Love,

  3. What a heavenly post! Full of feeling.

    I’m reminded of how, “all creation groans.” And how there is a battle today to repress the sincere groanings of the Holy Spirit. But I hear Him ‘leaking through’ in these songs, and in this post. I think it’s insightful how you started off with the first song, which speaks of the unity of the triune God, and then the inclusion of “us”. In the second song we are painfully aware of a broken unity, however, and a groaning to be fully restored.

    Thanks be to Jesus Christ who has made a way, and is in fact, The Way, John 14:6 & 17:21. He is the beautiful “place” in the heart of God where we began, and where we are headed.:)

    I appreciate your heart, Jamal, for this heavenly reality to fully break through into our relationships, and can heartily say Amen to this prayer with you.

    • Pamela,

      I’m so glad this blessed you. Your observation about the second song is eye opening to me. It is a groaning indeed! Thanks for praying this with me as we journey together.

  4. Jamal, these songprayers are utterly stunning as so are your words in this post. Thank you for sharing your Heart.

    To say a few thoughts that come cto me: Groaning is a sign of pain, and thus also, an expression of longing. What is the painful anguish of our groaning? Since Christ is our peace (i.e. our wholeness) then our wholeness, our completed oneness, is yet to be summed up and fulfilled in the physicality of our bodies, with our renewed minds and hearts (I.e. souls). In the present decaying state of our bodies, we have not yet been resurrected in His completeness. Why do we groan so? There is another groaning: the cry of a broken heart, the cry of heart in the oneness of love unfulfilled. The perfected unity of the one true love is being worked in us and through us. And so, we groan till Love is perfected in us. Our hearts cry because Love longs to become whole, to become all, full and total in the all of us.

    What is learning how to groan the cry of a broken heart? It is Love that the heart groans for and it is when we have known this one true Love that we groan in longing till Love’s completion is perfected in us, and is expressed in and through. If we have not learned to cry, we have not known Love. May we all learn to cry from the Heart of Love Himself, Christ Jesus — the Life-giving Spirit of Love.

  5. I loved the songs and your comments and the comments of the per usual I’m always blessed reading your posts..thanks

  6. How good is it that you see spiritual realities in places where they may not have been intended. Know nothing about the Wailing Jenny’s. . . the songs may have been written with other intent but your comments track so close with the words of the songs. How great the grace to see God in this world. . . how humbling the mercy that He comes thru the everyday. Hey man, beautiful. . .

    • Seeing realities of Christ in places where they have not been intended has actually saved my life! So glad you enjoyed the post Alan. Blessings to you.

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