I fell in love with Laura Story when I heard her song, “Blessings”. Every time I heard it I was moved to tears at how great God was and how much He loved me. I couldn’t wait to hear more of Laura’s music and nothing I’ve ever heard from her disappoints.
I was recently given the opportunity to review Laura’s newest album, Open Hands and can I just say it’s been on repeat in my car for a couple of weeks now. The title track sung together with Third Day’s Mac Powell talks about letting go and living life with an open hand, trusting that God is working in and through your circumstances. It’s a beautiful song of surrender and meets me exactly where I am in this season of my life as I navigate mirky waters.
In this devotional video, Laura shares her heart behind the song, Open Hands:
Another of my favorites from the album is Grace Abounds. It’s a poignant reminder of the powerful grace of an almighty God that carries us through life. As a mom myself, I can totally relate to what Laura had to say about the song.
“Reflecting on the world her kids are growing up in, Story wrote the album’s sparse closer, “Grace Abounds,” after weeks of turning on the television only to continue to watch stories of terror attacks, extreme injustice and racial tension make headlines day after day. “It’s easy to lose heart, and the song is about just acknowledging the brokenness. First of all, we can’t just pretend like it doesn’t exist,” she advises. “When it seemingly doesn’t make sense, I’m choosing to believe that God’s grace is enough. God’s grace is enough for any social injustice. God’s grace is enough for any loss that we go through. God’s grace is enough for any loneliness that we experience, for any relational strain and for any relational rejection.”
Each and every song on this album is done with excellence, both lyrically and musically. I was moved emotionally as I listened and my heart was caught up in the presence of the One who never leaves me and deserves our highest praise.
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