Story Behind Your Music | Tears by Matt Hammitt


As a solo artist, Matt Hammitt is fairly new to the industry, but he’s been in CCM for about

twenty years. He was the co-founder and former frontman of Sanctus Real- the band famous for

songs like “Lead Me”, “Promises”, and “The Redeemer”.

I enjoyed Sanctus Real’s music for a while before learning Matt Hammitt’s name. I remember in

2011 when his first solo single “All of Me” came on the radio. Later I learned that it was inspired

by his son Bowen, who was born with only half a heart. Doctors were unsure if and how long

little Bowen would survive, but thank God that Bowen is now 6 years old and doing pretty well.

Updates about Bowen’s condition can be found at the Bowen’s Heart Facebook Group.

Matt and his wife Sarah have four kids. In late 2015, Matt announced that he was stepping away

from Sanctus Real to focus on his family. Since then, he has been hosting Lead Me Live events

across the country to encourage men to be spiritual leaders of their homes.

In 2016, he signed a publishing deal will Full Circle Music. You can hear his latest single

“Tears” on Resound Radio.

Matt Hammitt and his family have faced so much uncertainty and countless tears throughout

Bowen’s journey. Their faith in God has remained strong, but they still have tears.

We all have days when life gets hard. It’s so easy to just put the suffering, pain, and rejection

we’ve faced and bury it deep within. I tend to think that by pretending to be all right, somehow

the hurt will just disappear. However, the pain never goes away if it’s kept inside. As Matt

Hammitt reminds us in the chorus of “Tears”:

Just let ’em fall, like healing rain

Watch the walls, start crumbling

Let your heart beat, and feel the weight

You’ve carried disappear

We can have tears and experience relief from our pain because we know that Jesus is holding us.

In Matthew 11:28 (NLT), “ … Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy

burdens, and I will give you rest.’”

The act of crying forces us to come to terms with our circumstances. We shouldn’t allow trials to

define or overtake us, but they should refine our faith and strengthen our trust in God.

I really like how Matt Hammitt describes tears as healing rain. Rain is often seen as unwanted or

inconvenient, but at the same time, it allows crops to flourish and helps to prevent famines and

fires. Tears are so similar. We don’t really want to cry or experience pain, but at the same time,

it’s so good to let everything bottled inside come out.

It’s okay to cry. Don’t be afraid of what others think. If you need to let something out into the

open, you’ll feel so much better afterward. Tears don’t make you weak or over-emotional, but

rather allow you to feel relief.

When Jesus came to earth, He was 100% God and 100% man. He felt every single emotion we

experience. The shortest verse in the Bible says so much: John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” His good

friend Lazarus had just died. Jesus knew that He had the power to raise Lazarus, but He still felt

the pain of losing a loved one.

Check out the lyric video for Tears below!

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