Why It Matters


Why do the arts matter? Why does beauty matter?

I don’t believe I have ever heard a better explanation than the song “Why It Matters,” by Sara Groves. I can still remember Gina coming to me years ago while I typed away at my first novel, battling discouragement (as always), and saying, “This song is what you’re doing.”

I hope so! Even if it’s just in a small way for a few people, I hope so.

We love Sara Groves in our home and this is one of many reasons why. She (like Andrew Peterson) always seems to be singing about our life. Do you have that experience too?

Thank you, Sara. Like a single cup of water, oh it matters.

Lyrics below. Here’s the record, Add to the Beauty (and it’s all so wonderful).

Why It Matters by Sara Groves

Sit with me and tell me once again
Of the story that’s been told us
Of the power that will hold us
Of the beauty, of the beauty
Why it matters

Speak to me until I understand
Why our thinking and creating
Why our efforts of narrating
About the beauty, of the beauty
And why it matters

Like the statue in the park
Of this war torn town
And it’s protest of the darkness
And the chaos all around
With its beauty, how it matters
How it matters

Show me the love that never fails
The compassion and attention
Midst confusion and dissension
Like small ramparts for the soul
How it matters

Like a single cup of water
How it matters


Are there other songs, or expressions of soul, that are like this for you? 


  1. LauraP

    Sara Groves is one of my long-time favorites, and this song has been such an encouragement to me. So happy to see it highlighted here.

    Jeremy Casella just played a couple of concerts in Nebraska during which he talked about the “breadcrumb trail of beauty” that leads the way to rescue when we get lost in the dark.
    Listen to “Beauty Leads The Way” here: http://jeremycasella.bandcamp.com/track/beauty-leads-the-way

    Beauty matters. And I’m so glad to have these reminders of why it does.

  2. Joanne Hordyk

    I concur 100% with Emma’s comments. The songs of Sara Groves have blessed my spirit on so many occasions – in ways immeasurable. These gifts come from the Author of all beauty and when you answer the call of the Kingdom as clearly, you are doing – the ripple effect is far reaching. Thank you very very much Sara.

  3. Amy L

    So often I hesitate after an introduction or an opening verbal statement, gauging a listener or reader’s response, and I forget that it often takes more to show and share real truth, real beauty — real anything. This helps, greatly.

  4. Peter B

    Yes again to Emma and Joanne. This song found me today, like that cup of water.

    Sam, thanks for bringing us this reminder — and for being the reminder that you so often are.

  5. Adam

    I heard Sara sing this at BTLOG (I forget what year), and it was if the light had been turned on for me. I remember thinking, “Yes. It does matter – it really does!” After hearing her discuss and sing it in person, it was the very first Sara Groves song we ever bought, and though it’s happily not the last, it’s still my favorite.

  6. Jennifer Gray

    This song, her message drastically changed how I viewed the world God has placed around me. Thank You Sara Groves. What you do cant be easy.

  7. Laura

    The arts matter because every act of creativity is an act of rebellion against the limiting determinism that arises from a materialist and behaviorist view of the world. The arts matter because they prove that we are more than just the materials we are made of! I’m so thankful for Sara’s expression of this truth!

  8. Kelllie

    Yes, I feel like Sara Groves keeps writing songs for where I am at in life!  And your books matter.  They are so good.  I love that my kids are lost in the world of Picket and Heather.  Okay, not just my kids, me too!!  Thank  you.  Please keep writing.

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