I was sitting in church back in the early 90s, probably with my closest friends all around me, all on a typical wednesday night and as we sat there the pastor’s wife started relating a story about a young girl that was having some serious health issues. We prayed for her and in what seems like a short amount of days, perhaps a week or two after, we found out that this girl had departed to be with God. Her name was Holly, I never met her, never really knew what connection she had with our church, all I know is that she was probably our age and for some reason that impacted me a lot. I remember sketching her name, being sad about the situation, and at the same time imagining that I will someday see her face to face and perhaps I’ll be able to tell her that one night, a long time ago I prayed for her. This brings me to my #1 song, Elle G. from the Newsboys’ Going Public album. As far as I can tell this is a story about a girl who died way too young to be forgotten and to not be concerned about. I have no idea who wrote the song, whether it was from personal experience or if it was a second-hand story, all I know is that intrigues me to no end as to who this girl was and how true the lyrics are. I wish I could ask someone about this song, about this story, about this girl, to find out how this all happened and why it had to happen. Video and more after the jump
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These last two songs are probably the most personal ones for me. Devotion from the worship album of the same name strikes a very fine chord with me. I’m not the first person to make mistakes in life, I’m not perfect by any means but I know that regardless of my past, regardless of the mistakes I’ve even yet to make, there’s a God who loves me beyond everything and it’s to that person I owe all of my devotion to. God restores, God lifts us up, God brings light back to our lives regardless of how dark a place we’ve been to and God is the only one we should give everything to, He’ll give it back ten-fold. How can you not have pure, raw, never ending devotion to the one who restores you time after time, and who more importantly loves you and forgives you regardless of how you treat Him? Lyrics and video after the jump!
One of my most beloved songs and one I tend to reflect on and speak a lot of during the Christmas season. Adoration is sublime in its account of Jesus’ birth and the importance of that event.
A nice rocking song by the Newsboys, from their Take Me To Your Leader CD. Lost The Plot is simple. A lot of us forget what faith is, forget what role God plays in our lives. We seem to only need Him or seek Him when we’re at the worst possible point, other than that we’re content to have a different image, content to use God as a wildcard we can fall back on when we need certain things or when we actually remember what He does for us. We used to know what the plan for our lives was, we knew how it all ended, we knew what was promised to us because it’s all in the bible but as we age or as we are influenced by outside forces we’d rather give time and care to every other possibility out there instead of the one we’ve been promised. There’s no worse feeling than realizing you’ve “lost the plot” when things are out of order and this is a prime example of our complacency. The plot is simple, all we have to do is stick to it.
The last half of my countdown begins with a worship “cover” song by the latest incarnation of the Newsboys, with Michael Tait on leading vocals. Michael used to be a member of DC Talk before they split up and he took the reins after longtime leading vocalist and co-founder Peter Furler left the band. They’ve actually had some unprecedented success with him up front and even though the sound is a bit different, they’re still doing God’s work to the best of their ability. Revelation Song is a couple of years old, written by Jennie Lee Riddle. Think of it as peering into the heavenly realms and actually seeing the entire glory of God first hand. The Newsboys have written a couple of songs that seem to be first-person testimonies or accounts of various events in Jesus’ life and this is something akin to that. Worship at its most powerful.