Behind the Song: “Always Good”

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This song, though it may not sound like it, is a lament.

Last year a good friend of mine lost his wife just hours after she gave birth to their first child. My sons were at the hospital when he went into the room to see her body before they took it away. He saw her and cried out in agony, “Always good! Always good! God is always good.” It was a cry that came from a place of profound faith, as if he were trying to convince himself, and yet the words were utterly true—even in the face of unimaginable pain.

That weekend I wrote the song and had the honor of singing it at the funeral. When I sang it in the studio I imagined how hard it would have been to believe in God’s goodness as darkness covered the earth and Jesus’s body hung limply from the cross.

You can pick up Resurrection Letters: Prologue in the Rabbit Room Store and listen to “Always Good” here:

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


5 Comments

  1. Adam B

    I *love* that this song was placed right after “The 9th Hour”.  It helped lead me to consider the same thing.  When the hopes of our future hang on a cross (figuratively or literally), can we trust that God is “Always Good”?

    “The sun went down

    The Sabbath faded

    The holy day was done

    and all creation waited…”

    We have daily proof of that Goodness and yet… not.  But it comes nonetheless.  Such an incredible song and album.  Thank you. Can’t wait to hear the next.

  2. mayajt

    My favorite part of this song is this:

    It’s so hard to know what you’re doing

    So why won’t you tell it all plain

    But you said you’d come back on the third day

    And Peter missed it again and again

    So maybe the answer surrounds us

    And we don’t have eyes to see…

    That has really helped me understand why we don’t get all the answers when we want them, as we want them. Thank you so much for this album. I am beyond excited for Volume I.

  3. "Always Good" | Bread for Beggars

    […] Andrew Peterson’s newest EP is called Resurrection Letters: Prologue. It’s a short collection of music reflecting on the darkest day in history when the Son of God and Creator of the universe was given up as a sacrifice for sin. This is one of a series of devotions inspired by these songs. Check out the song at the end of this post, and if you like it, pick up the album. Resurrection Letters: Vol. 1 will celebrate the victory of Easter, and is released March 30, 2018. For some thoughts on this song from Andrew himself, check out this post. […]

  4. He Is Always Good - Clark Davis

    […] Continuing with the theme of Easter music and Andrew Peterson, the next song I want to discuss from his new EP, “Resurrection Letters: A Prologue,” is titled “Always Good.” The story behind this song is heartbreaking, but also a beautiful picture of the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Church providing divine comfort and peace, and bearing the burdens of a grieving brother. Andrew recounts the story in a blog post at The Rabbit Room. […]

  5. Mike Aleckson

    @maleckson

    He’s Always Good…

    Andrew, seriously…  I’m finding the chorus constantly playing in the background of my thoughts.  If I awake in the middle of the night, perhaps in anxiety over who-knows-what, I find my inner voice has been curiously trained to remind my soul of this.  He’s Always Good.

    And I find I can rest again…

    I can’t help but share it with my friends and family – http://www.mikealeckson.com/2018/05/hes-always-good.html

    Thank you, Andrew, for putting this life-changing truth to beautiful melody.

    Mike

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