Following The Leader
with Sanctus Real
When Matt Hammitt, the lead singer of Sanctus Real, was asked by his wife to be a better spiritual leader in the family, he considered her request with prayer and repentance. From this came a fresh revelation and a personal confession in the form of the hit song “Lead Me.”
“My wife and I aren’t shy about sharing that we’ve had some pretty major struggles,” admits Matt. “I think the challenge for me in the song, and hopefully for other men as well, is every time I hear it, every time I sing it, I ask myself, ‘what kind of man am I?’ Not yesterday, not tomorrow, what kind of man am I today? Have I invested in my family emotionally, spiritually the way that God has called me to reach out to them and to lead them.”
In order to lead, you must first learn to follow. Matt learned that for husbands, leading a wife and family means following the Lord on a daily basis. And more often than not, it’s hard to say where that road will lead.
For Matt and his wife Sarah, it has meant walking together through one the most difficult points in their marriage. With two girls Emmy and
Claire already at home, the couple was excited to learn that they would be expecting a boy. Bowen Matthew Hammitt, whose name means “small
victorious one,” was born on September 9, but with a serious heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Since his birth,
he has gone through heart surgery, an infection and other complications.
“Knowing Bowen is sick has brought me face to face with the sobering reality that none of us are promised tomorrow and has pulled that nagging ache, the one to make every moment count, straight to the surface of my daily life,” confesses Matt.
On November 18, an ABC News camera crew covered the moments before Bowen and his family left C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. The camera crew followed the Hammitt family home, taping a joyous homecoming that was months in the making. This extraordinary story was covered by ABC World News With Diane Sawyer, who called the celebration their “favorite Thanksgiving story.”
Asking the Lord to lead you is a brave request. It opens the door for many uncertainties. But the one thing you can know for certain is that
you won’t have to walk alone.
To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can’t
Don’t want to leave them hungry for love Chasing things that I could give up
I’ll show them I’m willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this a home
Lead me, ‘cause I can’t do this alone
Father, lead me, ‘cause I can’t do this alone