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Marvelous Light

13 Feb

It’s hard to believe it, but after a year of writing songs, a summer & fall of recording them, and a Kickstarter campaign that blew my mind, we are FIVE days away from the release of As Sure As Sun. I cannot wait to send these songs out into the world, and in honor of that, I’m going to be using this online space I’ve got to tell you the stories behind each song on the record over the next few weeks. Thank you for following along as I take this crazy journey. If you haven’t already, you can pre-order the record on iTunes this week & get an immediate download of the song I’m writing about today, “Marvelous Light”.

I wrote most of these songs to help remind myself of the truths I so often forget, so cheers to remembering what’s true!

{Marvelous Light}

 This song was actually inspired by one of Andrew Peterson’s characters from The Wingfeather Saga, an old man by the name of Podo Helmer. Without giving anything away, he spent most of his life trying to hide his past, & one day all of his secrets are exposed in front of the very people he was trying to hide them from. Can you imagine? All of the things you’re most ashamed of, thrown out into the light for everyone you love and respect to see? My shoulders were tight as I read. After this intense scene, Andrew writes this about Podo:

“He moved through the days in peace and wonder,

for his whole story had been told for the first time,

and he found that he was still loved.”

  (North or Be Eaten!, p.321)

 Oh how this resonated with me. I spent the better part of my life not knowing that it was ok to NOT be ok. Hiding any weakness, hurt, or doubt, and living in the fear and the shame of my past. I landed myself in intensive counseling and discovered that “Where there’s truth. There is freedom.” So this is an anthem about walking out of the darkness & into the light, & I wish I could sing it with Podo and dance for the joy that comes when you’ve finally figured out that you are both fully known and fully loved!


“ Praises be to the one who has called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.”

-1 Peter 2:9

You can listen to part of “Marvelous Light” and pre-order the new record here.

10 Responses to “Marvelous Light”

  1. Jeanine February 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    After seeing you perform at the Ryman during the BTLOG concert I became an instant fan. I love you voice and the JOY with which you sing! I can hardly wait for the new album:)

  2. Kari February 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    So excited for you! God’s favor is on your life, girl. Shine!!

  3. debbie February 18, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Congratulations on this day! Grateful to you for spreading light and sharing your gift! It is like Christmas morning – but with lots of time to enjoy this present. Shine on!

  4. April McGarrity March 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    I was blessed to see you perform with your husbands band and could see joy in you when you sang. It is so sweet to listen to and study your songs through your blogs to see your joy is in God. Im so thankful The Lord called you to write these songs! Know that they are very encouraging to me to daily strive toward God! :)

    • Ellie Holcomb April 4, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Thanks for that encouragement. My joy really does come from Him. So grateful for the way He loves us.

      • Ellie Holcomb April 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

        Grateful too that He loves us enough not to leave us like we are. Found my joy in a lot of other things besides Jesus for a long time…nothing holds up like the love of Jesus though. :)

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  1. The Rabbit Room — Release Day: Ellie Holcomb’s Sure as the Sun - February 18, 2014

    […] Here’s a preview. Triva: This song was inspired by a scene in North! Or Be Eaten in which Podo Helmer is almost (but not quite) eaten by a dragon. Cool. (Read Ellie’s blog post about it here.) […]

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