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Handed Heaven

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


“May the Lord smile down on you and show you his kindness. May the Lord answer your prayers and give you peace.” Numbers 6:25-27


In 2 Kings chapter 4, there is a story of Elisha visiting the home of a widow and her son. They had no oil or grain and she was desperate to have food for her and her son. God smiled on them and provided for them. He continued to miraculously fill up their jars for years during this famine. But after that famine, the son was out in the field working and got a strong headache. He came back in from the field and fell over dead. How could that mother process what just happened? For years, God provided food for them and preserved her son's life during the famine. Yet, in this instantaneous moment, her son was dead. That’s the backdrop of the song “Handed Heaven." The mother calls out to God in the tragedy, asking him to smile down on them and rescue them. In her case, He did. Elisha came and witnessed an amazing miracle that brought the son back to life and restored his relationship with his mother. She felt God smile on her that day.


The theme of the album Fragile explores personal loss. "Handed Heaven" opens with a glimmer of hope that we all long to experience. If you're still waiting, or if you're feeling that there is no hope - may this song help you imagine the possibility that a miracle could still happen.



 

Handed Heaven by Jen Hawley

Lyrics Jen Hawley @2023


Running to you vessel dry

Pain blinding sight, faith my eyes

I’m not going back ’til You smile


You handed heaven to us

Handed heaven to us


It’s like a barren womb great with child

Or a son died to young, but back to life

You’ve done this before when You smile


You handed heaven to us

Handed heaven to us

Brought new life from this dust

You handed heaven to us


Would you smile on us

Please smile on us

Remember You told us

Your grace has no end


You handed heaven to us

Handed heaven to us

Brought new life from this dust

You handed heaven to us



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