Kristen Gilles gives song ideas to help God’s children mourn with hope.
Go to most church services and you’ll be able to sing along with many celebratory songs of victory, blessedness and joy. And that makes sense — we are children of God, having been forgiven of our sins and adopted into God’s family through the blood of Jesus. What a reason to celebrate!
But we live in a fallen, sinful world, full of suffering, pain and death. Not only does each Christian feel his or her share of sorrow, but we are commanded to weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15), even when we feel like we’re “on the mountain” rather than “in the valley.”
Most of you know that Bobby and I wrote the songs for my worship record Parker’s Mercy Brigade in response to how God moved in us following the stillbirth of our son Parker. Many of you have asked us where you can find more worship songs that help God’s children mourn with hope. So we’ve curated a free Spotify playlist for you that features over 40 songs — 3 1/2 hours’ worth — of laments, and songs of comfort and assurance in Christ. These include classic hymns and contemporary praise songs, from many different churches and worship leaders.
Whether you’re searching for songs for a funeral or memorial service, or your church service, or your personal devotions, this playlist is for you. You’ll find songs that speak to your heart, allow you to express your sorrow, and remind you of your hope in Christ, whether you’re suffering loss, ill health, depression or any kind of pain.