Lyric For The Day 17.11.11 from Hymn For A New Age by Ray Davies
Lyric For The Day 19.11.11 from Shine by Daniel Lanois

Lyric For The Day 18.11.11 from Questions by Steven Curtis Chapman

SCC Beauty

“Who are You God

For You are turning out to be

So much different than I imagined

And where are you God

Cuz I am finding life to be

So much harder than I had planned

Know that I am afraid

To ask these questions

But You know they are there

And if you know my heart

The way that I believe you do

You know that I believe in You

Still I have these questions”

-      From Questions by Steven Curtis Chapman

 This Psalm-like song from Steven Curtis Chapman goes some way to fill the huge empty void in Contemporary Christian Music; lament, questioning and catharsis. For me Christian music since the mid eighties has been too sanitised, too squeaky clean, to theologically simplistic (I’ll hold off a stronger opinion!!!!). When Steven Curtis Chapman experienced the tragic death of his daughter he went back to his music as a way to wrestle with God, to mourn, to hope, to question and to find answers. The album Beauty Will Rise gave those songs to the rest of us as a gift to help with our own dark nights of the soul. I believe music to be a huge resource in catharsis and we need more of the Biblical honesty that Curtis Chapman recorded on Beauty Will Rise.

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