Story Behind the Song: Because He Lives

With Mother’s Day this weekend, it seems fitting to share the story behind the well-known song ‘Because He Lives’. You might be wondering; how does this song relate to Mother’s Day? It’s the lyrics in the second verse and the story behind the song that reveal the connection. The second verse is not usually sung during corporate worship because the lyrics are so specific to motherhood that the context of the lyrics can seem confusing without explanation.

The song was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither in the late 1960’s. Gloria wrote the lyrics when she was heavily pregnant with their third child. Like many beautiful and powerful songs, the lyrics were written through personal hardship and difficulty. At the end of her pregnancy, Gloria was caring for her husband, Bill, who was recovering from illness, there were significant social and economic hardships, and the idea of bringing a child into the world during this time was causing anxiety and anguish to Gloria.

During that time, God graced Gloria with an unexpected gentle, calming peace. Gloria recalls the experience as if God, like an attentive mother bending over her baby, saw his child and came to her rescue. Panic gave way to calmness and an assurance that only the Lord can impart. She was assured that the future would be sure, because she was in God’s hands.

Like the Gaither’s, we all live in uncertainty (it seems especially at the moment), we all have times of anxiety and anguish. Furthermore, and more importantly, we also all have hope and a certain future because we, too, are in God’s hands! Friends, hold fast to the assurance that we can all face uncertain days because Jesus lives!

“Because I live, you also will live.” (John 14:19)

God bless,


Because He Lives (B & G Gaither, 1971)
Verse 1
God sent His Son they called Him Jesus
He came to love heal and forgive
He bled and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove
My Saviour lives
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives
Verse 2
How sweet to hold our newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days
Because Christ lives
Verse 3
And then one day I’ll cross that river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then as death gives way to vict’ry
I’ll see the lights of glory
And I’ll know He reigns
CCLI Song # 16880

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