Vicar’s wives hear many heart rending stories – on the doorstep, at the kitchen table, round and about the parish. The sorry alcoholic, the grief stricken mother, the wife whose world has fallen apart.
Molly Piper lost her baby nearly two years ago. This is a song she recommends for those who grieve, and their friends.
The Tie That Binds by Sandra McCracken
The song was written for a friend whose daughter, Amelia, had battled multiple infections of her brain after she was diagnosed with leukemia. The infections caused devastating amounts of tissue death and she’ll never fully recover. This all occurred before her 1st birthday.
The sorrow of a friend
From a long way we stand
Grief is second hand
But I’ll send my tears in a locket
Amelia smiles under lights & wires
Thorns for every flower
We number every hour
And live the days we are given
Oh, the pain
It makes you feel alive
Oh, the broken heart is the tie that binds
And I pray to God, these things will be made right
When the morning shines
On tear stained eyes
Oh we shall overcome
The Father gave the Son
To break the curse we are under
Oh the pain that no man can escape
Oh the sting of death, the empty grave,
And I pray to God where comfort has no place
When our tired eyes look through the veil
The colors are so pale but we raise high the sail
And call the winds to carry us home
Call the winds to carry us home.