This song was written for Deb, Murray, Rayne, Jack & Lander Aldridge, when we were all mourning the sudden death of Kiya.
It is based on some very precious passages of scripture for me (see post: The God of All Comfort, 29th Oct 2013). I love the way it sounds joyful & is a song of praise to the Father, in the context of deep sorrow and devastating loss. That seems very appropriate for the Aldridges, who have reflected these very things in the way they have grieved.
I’m looking forward to hearing the real version sometime, that I recorded a while back with Dave Gleeson’s heavenly violin counter-melodies.
God of all comfort – demo (click on this to hear the song)
A recent demo recording: So many good gifts
I was reading a passage in The Return of the Prodigal Son (Henri Nouwen) aloud to Chris several years ago, and something in it was so impacting & profound that I was moved to tears as I read it. The section of his reflection on the prodigal son story was: The Father Celebrates. He explained that for some of us, all the pain & injustice we see in the world becomes central in our thinking; but that the Father celebrates every small event of faith, goodness & redemption. He said we need to learn to ‘steal’ (ie. notice, treasure, hold onto) all the joy that is there in life; recognising that it is just as real as the sadness & pain, although the darkness often shouts much louder.
This idea has been quite revolutionary in my whole way of living, and has dragged me out of the depths many times. The song’s lyrics encapsulate these thoughts, though I must say the style of the song was not quite what I was expecting (kooky banjo & Henri Nouwen seem like very unlikely bedfellows!).
(NB: You need to click on the blue song title above to hear the song)
I love the way Flynn saw a need, then creatively thought about solutions, then inspired someone to invent it/make it happen! Such a wholistic approach to living out the love of Christ. Love these awesome old pics from the national library too.. Click on this link to see the song & video: Flynn of the Inland