Touched By A Song: "Healing Stream" by Lou Lewis

Tuesday 1st August 1995

Rose Bell tells how a track by Lou Lewis impacted her life.

Lou Lewis
Lou Lewis

My life was a busy one as a mother, rector's wife and a part time social worker. People looking on may have thought life was settled and happy but sadly this was far from the case.

In fact I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown when a caring senior colleague suggested I see our staff counsellor. Over the weeks of opening up to her I finally faced up to the fact that I was involved in a dysfunctional marriage, had tried to talk to my husband but to no avail and so resorted to a 12-page letter setting out my concerns and suggesting he went for help, or we both went to Relate. Otherwise I saw no future for the marriage.

A new couple had come to live in the parish. The wife had invited me for coffee one morning. This happened to be the day after leaving the letter for my husband so having laid my cards on the table my heart was breaking inside. As we sat down for coffee the lady mentioned she had a song on tape that I may like to listen to. It was "Healing Stream", written and sung by Lou Lewis. As the tape played the song addressed the deepest pain I had ever had in my heart. I shall never understand how I managed not to break down but my companion had sensed on our first meeting that there was something troubling me deeply. She could see that the song had struck a deep chord within me. My heart was breaking inside -but now I knew God cared and wanted to bring healing.

This song became very special to me and a great strength over years of pain and heartache. My husband refused to get help and we parted. Some 18 months later when having a post divorce service this song again took a prominent part. It was a great joy to me this year for Lou to sing at Appleby Public Hall even though she didn't sing "Healing Stream"!

I know there are many who have been touched by this most beautiful song and like me have felt God's healing stream touch them in a new and profound way.

Words and Music by Lou Lewis

Are you hiding.
Buried away inside
Frightened, thinking you just can't survive
I know you and the things that you're through and I just want to carry your pain carry it all away.
Are you hurting, all broken up inside
Disappointed or discouraged for all of your dreams have died.
I love you and I know what you're going through
I know you and I'll carry your pain, carry it all away.
I am the Healing stream, come and bathe in me, I can wash clean and set you free
For in my body there is the Spirit and the blood
Believe in me-- believe in me - believe in me -I am your God
Let it go - let it go - let it come to me
I am the Healing Stream, come and bathe in me, I can wash you clean and set you free
For in my body there is the Spirit and the blood
Believe in me - believe in me - believe in me
I am your God

© 1987 Zimrah Music Reprinted with permission. CR

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Reader Comments

Posted by rachel in canada @ 08:24 on Mar 4 2017

Does anyone know where I can listen to this song (or buy sheet music for it?) Healing stream.
My mum used to play it on a record player all the time when I was little and I really want to learn it on piano and sing it and record it for her.
I can more or less remember the tune and could figure it a basic arrangement myself, but I have not actually heard the song for probably 20 years and would like to be able to actually hear it if possible rather than relying on memory. (OR sheet music I suppose, though i am not an amazing piano player and woldl rather just hear the song and figure out my own easy piano version haha).
No but I really want to find some way of listening to this song, so I am not relying on memory alone, and I can not for the life of me find anywhere to hear it.
Thank you.

Reply by susie in canada @ 00:23 on Apr 24 2017

You can get in touch with lou lewis on youtube. Put lou lewis and Johnmcmahon in the search at youtube. She and her husband are on youtube. They also have a webiste called All bottled up.

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Posted by Mary Mills in Bolton @ 13:35 on Aug 14 2015

I first heard Healing Stream when I bought the Audio Cassette just after I became a born again Christian in 1987, in Hockley, Essex. I lived there for 25 years, came back to Bolton, where I was born, in 2000. When I am going through a 'down' phase I listen to Healing Stream, in fact I listened to it earlier today. I always feel refreshed and renewed after I have heard it. Thank you Lou.

Posted by Val Dumbleton in North East Lincolnshire @ 22:29 on Feb 13 2015

I too was helped by this song. The words of 'Healing Stream' just washed over me, bringing cleansing and healing in a very real way. I wrote to Lou to say how much this record had spoken to me, she was gracious enough to reply with lots of words of wisdom which I much appreciated in my very early walk with the Lord (I answered God's call in 1985 at a Billy Graham rally).
Even the cover of the record is beautiful, depicting Christ as a healing stream. I too would love a digital recording.

Posted by Joy Raggett in SE London @ 10:04 on Feb 18 2013

I too was enormously helped by this song and God used it as part of my healing in the early days of recovering from a nervous breakdown. In 1995 -1998 I would often be found lying on the floor listening to Lou Lewis' beautiful voice, I let it wash over me time after time, and along with one or two other songs I let God love me better, take my pain and my tears and restore me with his healing love. This song holds beautiful memories. Praise God for it. I would love to find a digital recording.

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