Both studio and acoustic versions are available today accompanied with a music & lyric video
Taylor Leonhardt and Jess Ray, the creative duo known as Mission House, announce the aptly timed deluxe release of their Easter anthem, "Behold." Available now courtesy of Integrity Music, the single is available in both a studio and acoustic version, the latter which features Sarah McMillan ("King Of My Heart"). "Behold" is the latest new music to release from the duo since its debut self-titled project released last November.
Leonhardt, who wrote "Behold" six years ago, shared the inspiration when writing the song: "I was inspired by John’s dream and vision in Revelation 21:5 when he hears the risen Jesus say, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' So I started dreaming – what would that look like? Can I picture it?"
The empty filled, the wounded healed / The broken back together
The poor are blessed, the weary rest / We will dance forever
The blinded see, the chained are free / The doubtful now believer
The outcast known, the orphan home / You are my Redeemer
Behold, behold, behold / What love can do
Behold, behold / He’s making all things new
- excerpt lyrics from "Behold"
Leonhardt said, "There’s a famous line in Tolkien’s 'Return Of The King' when Samwise asks Gandalf essentially the same thing, 'Is everything sad going to come untrue?' I think poets and storytellers and artists and songwriters have been asking that question for as long as we’ve known what suffering is. When King Solomon says God has put eternity into the heart of man, I think he’s talking about our capacity to see and dream and hope for God’s reality to eclipse our own."
When Leonhardt began sharing "Behold" at her church, people soon began to share stories with her – from those who lost a marriage, buried a child, people healing from abuse, or those wrestling with addiction. There were numerous stories of great heartbreak and loss and sorrow, and also stories of healing, hope and resurrection.
" ‘Behold' began to sprout from a more hypothetical place that became tangible, and I was seeing what the love of God was capable of with my own eyes," Leonhardt said. "Our hope is not just that Jesus will make things right one far off day in the future – it’s that even now he has already begun. I saw it in the eyes of people who shared their stories with me, I heard in their voices real embodied hope. The darkness really will be light, the dead really will rise. The prayer is that, when we hear this song and sing it in our cars or in our churches, that we would all believe a little more in the resurrection, that we would start to look for it everywhere.”
Born out of a community of friends gathered in living rooms and basements, Mission House's Jess and Taylor met five years ago in their hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. Both folk-rock singer-songwriters on their own accord, the two naturally became fast friends and began performing at shows together. Soon after, they started a weekly gathering around a simple vision: share a meal and worship together. It was through these gatherings that Taylor and Jess began writing songs they felt their community needed to hear, sing and carry with them throughout the week.
“More than anything, we hope people find peace and joy in God,” Leonhardt said. “I think music can be such a friend to us in both the good and hard times in life. We really want our music to feel like an actual room that people can walk into and encounter a real, living God.”