JJ Heller: The moving story behind the single and video "Missing Peace"

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Tony Cummings reports on a miraculous deliverance of a child which inspired the JJ HELLER song and video "Missing Peace"

JJ Heller
JJ Heller

Nashville-based singer/songwriter JJ Heller may not have achieved the multi-Platinum selling success of some recording stars but the Cross Rhythms team is convinced that Jennifer Judy Heller is one of the best songsmiths in Christendom. This has been borne out by the fact that her stream of albums and now singles since her recording career began in 2004 has produced a staggering 19 Cross Rhythms Radio hits. All great songwriters use their personal experiences and the insights they produce to create memorable songs, and this is what JJ has done with her single and video, "Missing Peace".

In a press release, JJ has shared the background to this beautiful song. "Right after my lovely friend Joy found out she was pregnant, she was also diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes. They told her it was unlikely the baby would survive to term, and if he did, he would have severe birth defects. They advised her to abort him. As the baby developed in her growing belly, the doctors couldn't find part of his brain. After this scary appointment, in the middle of uncertainty, this is what Joy wrote: 'It is the being held together in perfect peace, not in perfect place, that is the miracle after all'.

"During her third trimester, I played my song 'Missing Peace' for her and her husband Donny as they sat on the couch in our living room. The song finished and with tears in her eyes, Joy said, 'This song is my story.' She asked if she could document the rest of her pregnancy and delivery with the intention of setting the footage to my song.

"At the time, none of us knew how things would turn out. A few hours before the baby was born, Joy wrote, 'I don't know how this night will end or what awaits us on the other side of the birth, but I do know that the pain coming is a necessary step in the journey toward finding out. In just a few hours I will meet my son, and however he has been woven I know the weaving was done exactly to plan by the most masterful artist - for his glory and my good'. And then, to the astonishment of every doctor in the room, Webb Isaiah Prouty was born completely healthy. Praise be to God.

"I wish every story could end this way, but there are so many times in life when we find ourselves in the middle of the unknown. And sometimes the unknown turns into heartbreak and tragedy. There are no answers in those moments, only the hope of Peace himself. Jesus is our missing peace." CR

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.


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