By Cindy Berry
Composers are often asked, “Where do you get the inspiration for your songs?” “Inspiration” can come from many sources . . . a sunrise, a sermon, a particular Scripture passage, or just unexpectedly, from “out of the blue.” I have written bits and pieces of songs on everything from napkins to church bulletins, and have even pulled the car over to the side of the road to write down a lyric so I wouldn’t forget it. (This was in the days that people actually wrote on paper, and not on their phones or other electronic devices!)
But many times, I have written anthems that have come as a result of some experience in my life. And that is certainly true of the anthem, “Come to Me.” In 2006, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The cancer journey was longer than we had first anticipated. But all through that journey, my husband and I felt God’s loving presence very strongly. God has promised us that we can have His peace and joy in any circumstance, and we saw His promises come alive as we kept our eyes on Him and laid our concerns at His feet. I was led to write this lyric:
“Come to Me, come to Me; let Me carry your burden. Let My love set you free, as you rest in My arms.”
God has been so good to me! I am so thankful that He can use my times of both joy and trial to give me joyful songs of praise to Him.
Do you also have personal stories of inspiration from God’s goodness?
This song has been such a blessing to me! Our pastor had our choir start working on learning it months ago, and I still can’t get through singing it without tearing up at least once. Our family is going through a valley that began a year and a half ago. The Lord has been teaching me more about trusting Him through all of this, and this song reminds me of how much He loves me and is with me. Thanks so much for this song!