Some people remember momentous occasions or difficult seasons in their lives by the meals they ate or the clothes they wore.
I remember though songs.
That Halloween a couple years ago when I was driving my parents to the hospital because my dad’s epilepsy had sent him into a scary, Groundhog-Day cycle of amnesia? Matt Redmon’s “10,000 Reasons” came on the radio at just the right time, bringing tremendous comfort to both me and my mom.
That first Easter after my friend Lisa died? Matt Maher’s “Christ is Risen” filled my heart with renewed hope that this life is not the end for those of us who love Jesus.
That summer when Randy had been working out of town for several months, we were living in a recently purchased fixer-upper and the girls were anticipating starting a new school in the fall? Laura Story’s “Blessings” provided encouragement, not to mention plenty of minivan discussion about why God allows His children to go through stretching times.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Music speaks to me like nothing else. I prefer certain artists and styles, but every now and then, Randy will come home and play me a song he’s found somewhere—a song he’s sure I’m gonna love even though it fits in a music box I would probably never open on my own.
And you know what? Those are among the songs I end up listening to over and over again, the songs I want to send out to everyone I know who might like music with instructions to listen up because I just know they’re gonna love them too.
I know, I know. Not everyone has the same taste in music. But if a song brings tears to my eyes or stirs me to dance around the kitchen with my arms raised in praise, I’m pretty sure it will do the same for someone else.
That’s why I’m introducing a feature on Waxing Gibbous called, simply, “Song of the Month.” I don’t usually post on the first day of the week, but one Sunday a month I will share a song that has captured my mind and heart, in hopes that it might encourage you, too.
Randy found this first one. It’s sung by Lacey Sturm, the former lead singer of the Christian hard rock band Flyleaf.