Song Stories: Hold on to Hope

lauren aleece

lauren aleece

If you’ve read the blog posts about the story behind In Between or Bumps in the Road, you’ll know that my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant and become parents since March of 2017. It’s been a LONG journey with no end in sight. Well, almost none.
That’s where this song comes in – holding on to hope, clinging to the promise of something I haven’t yet seen.

And this is the story of how this song, the title track of my EP, and, really, the core of the message I want to tell through all my music came to be.

In January of 2020 I had the incredible opportunity to go spend two weeks with my friends the Jones’s in Kampala, Uganda.

While there I got to ride on the back of boda-bodas (a fine line between a motorcycle and a dirt bike as well as the primary form of transportation), eating avocados the size of my head (an 8 year old boy climbed up a friends tree to get them for us!), and even waking up to nosy neighbors peering through my bedroom window! Among my many new experiences, one was a daily occurrence: jet lag!

monkey peeping in my bedroom window in Mukono, Uganda

Coming from Dallas, TX (Central Time), there was a 9 hour time difference! Wow. I’d fight to stay awake in the afternoon trying to force myself to make it until bed time and then, even after just a few hours of sleep, I’d wake up wiiiide awake at 2 or 3am with no sign of sleep in the near future.

If you’ve ever traveled internationally like that, you KNOW. Like, really know. Jet lag sucks.

HOWEVER, if you know me, you know I’m all about finding a bright side! What would any mature, productive, artistic person do with such an opportunity?Well, if I’d had my way I would have done the easiest thing – scroll social media or watch Netflix! But Uganda is prone to electricity and internet blackouts, and the wifi receiver was battery operated. So there went that idea.
It was also dark, and I had to be quiet so as not to wake anyone else up.

So I started humming to myself, praying, reading my Bible, just sitting there, letting myself be. It’s funny – the Bible says that “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” – but, for me, when I stop and just let my heart speak, it usually comes out with a melody. And that’s what happened in this case!

I’d had Hebrews 11:1 on my mind, a verse I’d known since I was a child, but when I thought about it in my context of yearning to be a mom, it became personal in a way it never had before. I was hoping for someone so unseen and so hoped for.

I’d had Hebrews 11:1 on my mind, a verse I’d known since I was a child, but when I thought about it in my context of yearning to be a mom, it became personal in a way it never had before. I was hoping for someone so unseen and so hoped for.

Faith that all things are possible with my God has been the fuel to keep believing and not despair.

I started humming the words of the chorus you hear now – melody and everything – almost exactly as you hear it on the album!
“I hold on to hope, I cling to the things I cannot see… I hold on to faith, trust what you say will come to be.”
Over and over again. Because that was the prayer I needed to pray. Those were the words of my heart – Hebrews 11:1 in my own verbiage.

The next morning as we walked this road to town, I sang what I had for Brittany & Dexter, and today, I’m still singing it and sharing the whole song with anyone who will listen.

We all need hope.

I find it in Jesus. I’m still clinging to what I can’t see and holding on to faith that my God is good and will make all things right in His time.

No matter what you’re going through, I hope you always hold on to hope.

No one can take hope away from you, friend.

So whether you’re holding on to faith for a new job or an adoption to go through or for the finances you need or to get into a school, just know this: I’m right there with you, holding tight with every bit of faith I possess.

Hold on tight and don’t let go, friend.

And, when your grip starts to slip, just press play on “Hold on to Hope.”

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