Song writing/Life’s Journey

From a very early age I became lost in the beauty of poetry and music. I was particularly inspired by the poet Christina Rossetti and her poem Holy Innocents. Eventually I went on to write a melody for this poem which became a lullaby for my youngest son when he was a baby. The song is included on my album from Broken to Bethany.

I spent many years writing poetry myself, and then became involved as a singer, songwriter and percussionist in rock bands. I seemed to be able to pick melodies out of a few chords and write the lyrics.

Over a number of years, I built up a portfolio of songs and felt very strongly that one day I would produce an album of my own.

In 1997 I found myself alone with two children and another child on the way. I suppose in many ways I was in a desolate place. Since that time I have hung on to my faith in Jesus Christ and the hope that out of a life that seemed to be wasted he would bring something beautiful.

As I started to record some of the songs I had written over a number of years I realized that the songs were an expression of the many painful experiences I had suffered throughout my life. During the next ten years I wrote more songs and could see a picture emerging. Although the subject matter of a lot of my songs seem in many ways despairing, I slowly came to the realization, that the only answer to the utter hopelessness that I have felt and I know others feel, is the unconditional, immovable love of God.

The Lord knows how broken we can be, but he is stretching out his arms to embrace all our hurts and fears. I had reached a place where I could never imagine trusting the word “love” and all it means ever again. I had been disappointed, hurt and abused by so called love. However during the long years without a husband, I have come to know in the Lord’s amazing patience with me, that in him, love is made perfect.

So out of this knowledge, the album from Broken to Bethany was born. From a place of brokenness…to Bethany… A place of peace.

Each of the songs on the album has a scripture pertinent to that particular song, an answer to each situation from the Lord. For example the following poem describes how I felt for many years:

One Day

 One day I felt beautiful….

For one day
Then, someone took my beautiful away

Where do I go to find
My beautiful again
Looking here, looking there, looking anywhere
Feeling less and less

I see it all around me
Beautiful, but not in me
Just a remnant of the beautiful
That I still can’t see.

Therese Hood ©

In my walk with the Lord, he has picked me up from my despair time and time again. Never giving up on me, showing me in countless ways, how he sees me and feels about me. He has been my hope and says this about me:

Isaiah 62 verse 1 -5:

I will speak out to encourage Jerusalem; (me)
I will not be silent until she is saved,
And her victory shines like a torch in the night.
Jerusalem, the nations will see you victorious!
And their kings will see your glory.
You will be called by a new name,
A name given by the Lord himself.
You will be like a beautiful crown for the Lord.
No longer will you be called “Forsaken”,
Or your land be called “The Deserted Wife”.
Your new name will be “God is pleased with Her”.
Your land will be called “Happily Married”,
Because the Lord is pleased with you
And will be like a husband to your land.
Like a young man taking a virgin as his bride,
He who formed you will marry you.
As a groom is delighted with his bride,
So your God will delight in you.

GNB Paraphrased Emphasis Added

So out of a place of hopelessness, the Lord has brought beautiful out of me and shown me the truth. His opinion is the one I now live by. Now I see the beautiful, once more, in me.

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