March/April 2022

Land of the Living

by Jessamyn Rains

This song was written in a time of transition after several months of grief after a tragic loss. I was going about my life–working, driving, trying to sleep, trying to eat, trying to maintain relationships–but I felt that I was a dead person among the living. “Walking dead woman” and “hungry ghost” are among the images I used to describe how I felt. I echoed the question posed in Ezekiel 37: “Can these bones live?” 

Then I had a powerful encounter with God that helped to bring home the reality that, as believers, our suffering is temporary. Christ suffered, and then He entered into glory; likewise, in time, our sufferings give way to new life and resurrection. 

This song attempts to put to words and melody a glimpse of new life, seen from afar. 

“I would have lost heart unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart” (Psalm 27: 13-14, NKJV).

About the Musician

Jessamyn Rains is a writer and editor for Kosmeo Magazine. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and four small children.