Behind the Song: “Always Good”


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:

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.


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