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Breath of Heaven

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I’ve said it before: I am not religious. If you have been reading me even casually for any length of time, you know this about me. I don’t judge folks who are, it just isn’t my thing. But. (You knew there was a ‘but’ coming, right?)

But every so often a religious song comes along that’s so unspeakably beautiful, I need it, even if the sentiment that inspired it isn’t one I share. This is such a song.

Last year around this time, I posted a playlist, “Songs for a December Morning.” I stand by that playlist, and the whole playlist is linked on YouTube below, but first I want to call your attention to my all-time favorite Christmas song. It’s the first track in the list, and it’s amazing.

It tells the story of the nativity from Mary’s perspective, as a terrified teenager. I guess maybe that’s why I find it so moving. “Breath of Heaven” was originally written by Chris Eaton, then re-written from a woman’s perspective and subsequently re-recorded by Amy Grant. Grant’s version is the best-known one, but there’s something so pure and innocent and bare about Sara Groves’ version, I vastly prefer hers to any other.

In case you are interested, I did find an amateur version I thought was really wonderful and worthy of mention, as well. Here’s the Oak Avenue School Orchestra (from Greenfield, CA) featuring their English teacher, Ms. Lee.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “Breath of Heaven

  1. Reblogged this on ARHtistic License and commented:
    Thank you, Donna, for this guest post. Donna shares a daily beautiful thing on her blog. Check it out!

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  2. It truly is a beautiful song. I had gone years without even knowing it existed, until I heard an instrumental version of it and decided to track down the history of the song. Excellent choice; I cannot go a holiday season without hearing it several times.

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  3. Pingback: A Smooth Jazzy Breath Of Heaven | A Joyful Process

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