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Transparency is a word that’s tossed around in a lot of
Christian circles. We all say we want it from others, from
ourselves, from God…But when push comes to shove, true
transparency is hard.
It’s painful, sometimes embarrassing and often creates
a vulnerability that most people are uncomfortable with.
Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real is embracing that
vulnerability, and despite the pain and discomfort, he has
chosen to be utterly transparent with his marriage, his
journey as a father and (fortunately for everyone else)
with his music.
“Lead Me” is an undeniable radio hit. It speaks into the
lives of nearly everyone listening…everyone who has ever
had a father and mother, everyone who is a husband or
But the song didn’t come from a place of comfort.
“After nine years of marriage, my wife and I are where
we’ve always wanted to be in our relationship; but it
wasn’t easy getting here. A couple of years ago, we were
caught in what Emerson Eggerich in his book Love and
Respect calls “the crazy cycle.” We had to make the
decision to stop fighting each other and instead fight our
own selfishness and pride. We began to give the things
we couldn’t fix to the One who could, God. Not long after
we began working on our relationship, my wife implored
me to be a better spiritual leader in our home. In that
moment, I realized my intentions meant nothing. It was
the day I stopped making excuses and started putting my
intentions into action.”
The action has continued. Today, Matt and his family are
facing another challenge that no parent should ever have
to face: Their unborn baby, now at 27 weeks, has a very rare
and serious heart defect, hypoplastic left heart (HLHS).
“Knowing our son Bowen is sick really has caused me
to pursue the things I’m passionate about like there’s no
tomorrow,” says Matt. “I’m fighting to make every moment
count. Right now, I’m more focused on quality time with
my wife and two girls than ever before.”
And in the Hammitt home, quality goes deeper than
creating earthly memories. It’s about creating the kind of
home that has eternal impressions.
“It’s not just having the desire to put God and family at
the top of your daily priority list, but having the discipline
to live it out,” explains Matt. “One of the most practical
ways to start being a good spiritual leader is to spend
time praying with your family everyday —I don’t just mean
before a meal.”
Now, they are casting that web of prayer even wider,
asking people to pray very specifically about where they
are right now.
“For fans and friends of Sanctus Real, pray that songs
like ‘Lead Me’ continue to find their way to people who
need them,” says Matt. “As far as my family, Sarah and I
want people to pray that God would heal our son’s heart.
Also, we want people to pray that God gives us grace to
live every day with purpose as we walk through whatever
He has planned for us.”
CCM extends its deepest concern and prayers to the
Hammitts and to Bowen and we thank Matt and Sanctus
Real for the courage to be transparent and the integrity to
take steps to lead the body to the feet of our Lord.
To keep up with the Hammits and
Bowen’s progress and to join hands
with them, log onto http://bowensheart.com.