Come Healing!

Come Healing – Webb Sisters/Leonard Cohen

I went to a Leonard Cohen concert last night with my brother Jonathan, which was an amazing concert – so beautiful, entertaining and enjoyable – thanks Jonathan! But I found myself also in a state of worship and presence with our Creator in a couple songs, like this one (featuring the Webb Sisters). Here are the lyrics:

Chorus:
O, gather up the brokenness
And bring it to me now
The fragrance of those promises
You never dared to vow

The splinters that you carried
The cross you left behind
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

Leonard:
Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
the cruelty or the grace

Together:
O, solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

O, see the darkness yielding
That tore the light apart
Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart

O, troubledness concealing
An undivided love
The heart beneath is teaching
To the broken heart above

O let the heavens falter
And let the earth proclaim
Come healing of the altar
Come healing of the name

Chorus:
O, longing of the branches
To lift the little bud
O, longing of the arteries
To purify the blood

And let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

O let the heavens hear it
The penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

First of all, so incredibly beautiful with the Webb Sisters and their harmonies. I love the variance of harmonies they did as well, such as in the 2nd verse. But then Leonard’s writing is amazing – a true poet. In fact at a couple points in the concert he recited some poetry without music. Cohen uses a lot of religious imagery, drawing on his strong Jewish heritage. But he also uses interesting references to Christ, the cross and the Holy Spirit. He also uses a lot of sexual imagery, though not in a coarse way at all, but much more in relational contexts. Cohen has had his own struggles with depression in his life – so I’m sure this song comes from his own longing for healing in his life.

For me this song is powerful as I continue to seek and desire a sense of healing for some recent deep wounds. It is so hard to look at the hurts, wounds and scars in my life that sometimes all I can do is look to Jesus. Though the healing we need is emotional, mental and spiritual – it also becomes a physical need as well, as it is all tied together – come healing of the spirit, come healing of the limb…

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About howie snyder

Love Jesus, love my family, love meeting new people and sharing life with them!
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One Response to Come Healing!

  1. Howard Snyder says:

    Thanks, How.
    I don’t know anything about Leonard Cohen, but I’m so glad you & Jonathan got together for this. I like it when you’re able to do things together.
    Truly God does use “wounded healers.”
    Much love!

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