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TaurenWellsI’ve said before that sometimes contemporary Christian music annoys me because so many times it seems like the message is “Everything is always awesome because I love Jesus!” Loving Jesus is definitely awesome, but sometimes songs like that feel like they ignore the reality that Christians struggle too. My pastor put it like this once: “God doesn’t promise a smooth flight, just a safe landing.”

Well the more I listen to some of what’s actually out there today I’m starting to think the maybe I’ve given a lot of it a bad rap. My tunes of choice are usually “The Message” on SiriusXM and you know what? It kind of seems like Christian music is growing up a little bit.

I first heard “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells in the car on my way to meet my pastor for a meeting about preparing for the UMC Local Pastor program. The tune was catchy right off the bat, and Tauren has an outstanding voice. I heard the chorus talking about not only being high on those mountaintop experiences but also being down in the valley.

Could it be that this was the current Christian song that I was looking for, the Holy Grail of honest music? I arrived at church before the song was over, but when I left an hour later I plugged Spotify into my car and listened to the whole thing. Then I put it on repeat until I got home!

Yes folks, I love this song, and every time I hear it, it encourages me! Maybe it will encourage you today too!

“I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowestplace
And I have held the blessings
God, you give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In you I hope again!
No matter what I know
Know I’m safe inside Your hand

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

Father, you give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all you will remain
Over it all!
Father, you give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all you will remain
Over it all!

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there (to the one who set me there)
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
And I will choose to say “Blessed be Your name, yeah, yeah”
And I am not alone”

Songwriters: Chuck Butler / Jonathan Lindley Smith / Tauren Wells
Hills and Valleys lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Essential Music Publishing

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