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Sweetness of Surrender

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This song is based on a poem written by a cancer survivor Julie Tarro about finding the "sweetness of surrender" to God's love and care. She heard that Catherine and I were musical and emailed us the lyrics. The melody to this song came to me (Daniel) as I read her lyrics for the first time. Julie Tarro wrote to us and shared the message behind the words:

"Well, at this time in my life I was broken, tired, lonely and confused. I was recovering from chemo treatments and it seemed as though, because I was so tired, my life was on such a different path then I had ever experienced. I began to realize that all I had taken for granted, (family, health, relationships, my relationship with the Lord) looked very differently to me.

The Lord used my time of healing to speak to me in many ways. The most direct was that He and only He was my sustainer. He breathed life into me, He was my shield, my healer. Only in Him would I ever find the rest that I needed. So sweet was this surrender once realized - that is where the song came from."

"He continues to remind me of His great love for me and I am so grateful that He chose to meet my needs in such a sweet and loving way. There were times when I actually could feel His arms around me and His fingers stroking my cheek and wiping away my tears. Oh Daniel, I pray that you and Catherine will know His great love to such extent. Do not be afraid of the hard times because that is when God loves to show us how He cares for us. Trusting can be a difficult thing..."


~ Sweetness of Surrender ~

There are pieces of the puzzle,
I just can't seem to find
Through layers of confusion,
and the questions in my mind.
There are many days I've wandered,
searching for the truth,
Yet You remain so faithful Lord,
I find my rest in You.


In the (healing) (loving) arms of Jesus,
I will rest and I will wait
To hear Your voice of comfort,
Through my pain.
When I'm lost and I am frightened,
and the path seems dark and long;
The sweetness of surrender… comes again.

Lift my head and shield me Jesus,
because I trust in You;
Fill my mouth with laughter, as I cling to what is true.
Breathe Your beauty through me, as You delight Yourself in me.
I surrender laying down my life, For surrender sets me free.

In your arms… I will rest… I hear your voice… of comfort.

2005 Reflect Worship Music
Words by Julie Tarro and Daniel Lovett, Music by Daniel Lovett


from Reflect, released August 5, 2005
Words by Julie Tarro (used by permission) & Daniel Lovett - Music by Daniel Lovett

A huge thank you to:
Catherine Lovett - Lead Vocal
Dale Carlson - Cello,
Mike Schmitz - Violin,
Jon Sergott - Drums,
Esther Shier - Background Vocal,
and Alec Schumacher - Bass

You all really brought this song to life.


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