Mother's Day Reflections from Kristyn Getty

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 9, 2013
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Kristyn Getty Sings "A Mother's Prayer"Ken and I are good friends with Keith and Kristyn Getty – we’re constantly singing along with their CDs. Recently Kristyn wrote a few reflections on motherhood I want to share with you; plus, a heartwarming video that highlights a beautiful lullaby she wrote for her daughter. Take a moment to read and watch “A Mother’s Prayer”!...


Reflections on A Mother’s Prayer
by Kristyn Getty
In the spring of 2008 I first prayed for a baby, and in the spring of 2011 God answered that prayer with the birth of our beautiful daughter. My joy was full but so were the fears I wrestled. In some ways I felt like a baby Christian again, caught in a whirlwind of emotions, learning and applying what I have known and trusted into a completely new life - I know I'm definitely not the first to feel that! 
Friends of ours had given us a card when their first son was born; it was full of prayer requests for his little life, a prayer for every day of the month. My prayers were not quite as coherent as those, especially at first, but the urgency of the moment drove me to my knees. “Help her, help me” baby prayers at 3am; prayers as I heard the baby monitor light up in the morning; prayers when I thought of her safety, her soul, her future; prayers with my husband; prayers while Eliza listened in.
When people found out that I was pregnant one of the most frequent comments I received was how my creativity would discover a whole new vista of inspiration as I became a mother. So, when Eliza came I was anticipating a fresh flow of profound poetic thought, but instead I was swept up in the constant flow of changes and feedings and “Old MacDonald had a farm!” I was expecting full sentences, but I was blubbering looking at my beautiful girl! I actually wondered if I'd ever be able to write again. I just about tucked some thoughts away to ponder later when my brain would start to fit itself back together again (still nowhere near a completed process!). As I continued to learn the wonderful balancing act and privilege of mothering, homemaking, writing, traveling and singing, Keith and I began to write a song for Eliza choosing this theme of praying for her, and the end result was “A Mother's Prayer.”
My parents have faithfully prayed for me my whole life, and I remember when I was younger my mum met with other mums to pray for all their children – a “Moms in Touch” group in Belfast. Even just the knowledge of that helped me, and I want Eliza to know we are praying for her and trying to guide her in this context that reaches to the call and purpose of her whole life and an understanding of the Lord's grace and faithfulness. We're now in the toddler stage and some of the prayer needs are shifting. We wanted the song to reflect the different seasons - ones we had discovered and then those still to come. We also wrote it to remind us of our promise to pray for her through all the years we're given. We hope this song for her – and even more our praying for her – might catch her ear and help guide her heart as she grows up.


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Laurie said "MOM" tonight!!! It only happens a few times a year. Thanks be to God!! Thank you for praying. She has a TBI/ Comma/Semi Conscious. Car accident 5/5/07. On a Feeding Tube. And has a swallow test the end of this month. Lots to be grateful for--church in the morning too♥
  • May 19, 2013
  • 12:02 a.m.
  • Leslie Dawn Neagle
When Laurie, our middle (now) child of our 12 (Alicia's in Heaven) was 12 y.o. she said "I always want to be your little girl." And now since '07 she has been home with a TBI. She is my little girl, though she is 26. When we both listened to this song of love, I told her; "Laurie, you are teaching me how to be still & listen to God. You are my teacher." She smiled. Laurie always wanted to be a teacher. Grateful this Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing this song Joni! I love you. You are a mom of many too.
  • May 12, 2013
  • 10:59 p.m.
  • Leslie Dawn Neagle
Great song!!! Beautiful, will share
  • May 10, 2013
  • 6:43 p.m.
  • Sandy Daniels
Beautiful - I have liked the Gettys' music for a long time. Thanks for sharing - God bless you all. I will share.
  • May 9, 2013
  • 10:14 p.m.
  • Laura Hooper
Beautiful! Joni, You & I met years ago at an Expo. I had a pin wheel on my chair. I would live so very much to meet you. Also, I would like to share this with my C. P, group. God took me mama & ddaddy home to heaven a very beautiful place. Much Love & Blessing To You, Joni, Susie
  • May 9, 2013
  • 1:41 p.m.
  • Susie Rodde
Beautiful. Love the song and the video.
  • May 9, 2013
  • 1:17 p.m.
  • Cindy
This video surprised me a little by it's beautiful singing, great musical backup, and wonderful performance. Thanks.
  • May 9, 2013
  • 12:38 p.m.
  • Ron Boto
Dear Keith, Kristyn Getty & Moya Brennan, Thank you ! That was Beautiful !!! I pray that for my Child ! Thank you Again , God Bless !!! <3, Laurie
  • May 9, 2013
  • 11:53 a.m.
  • Laurie <3
What a beautiful Mother's Day gift! As a mother and Nanny who has prayed similarly for her children and grands my heart aches for those children who have no one to pray in such a way for them. Let's all pray today for an "un-prayed-for" child. It's a Mother's Day gift WE can give.
  • May 9, 2013
  • 11:46 a.m.
  • Judy Walker
Lovely and precious melody and prayer of a mother. Blessings.
  • May 9, 2013
  • 11:41 a.m.
  • Haide Ortner
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