This week, Steven Curtis Chapman launched his newest album called re:creation. The new album features five new songs from the five-time GRAMMY ® Award winner and all new re-imagined recordings of his eight biggest hits. The title speaks to the actual recreation of these songs, which are entirely new re-recordings in a new musical space. More and most importantly though, the word recreation speaks to the new life God is now recreating for Chapman and his family as they walk forward in their lives after the tragic death of their daughter.
While I haven’t, personally, experienced such hurt before, I have had my own kind of re:creation in my marriage and within my little family. I think that’s why this album hits home for me.
As most of you know, Steven Curtis Chapman and his family lost their daughter in 2008. I was living in Charlotte when I heard the news and I, distinctly, remembering praying for the Chapman family with my 4-yr-old daughter. In fact, as the memory came back to me, I realized I wrote about it! Did you guys know I was blogging WAY back then? I wrote down the feelings and words I experienced the morning I heard of his daughter passing and you can read it here.
I think God is so amazing because here I am in 2011, writing about this new album and how Steven Curtis Chapman and his family have been “re:created” through God only to remember the exact day they endured such tragedy in 2008. Check out what Steven says this about the inspiration for the album:
“I was driving one day and heard an instrumental version of Morning Has Broken and it just reminded me of when I was a kid singing it in church. I heard those lyrics and thought, ‘that’s what is happening with my family.’ Morning has broken and we see that. The very last line of the lyric says, ‘sing with elation, God’s recreation of a new day’ and when I saw that word recreation that was the word I wanted to use to title this album. I found that all of the songs that I’ve written over the years continue to grow in meaning because they are so rooted in life experience. They are all songs about my journey in faith. When Maria went to heaven, many of my songs took on a much, much deeper meaning at that point. I found myself singing these songs with a new passion and even a distinct purpose. I thought I would love to re-invent those and say them in a fresh new way.”
When Maria died, I think the whole world was waiting to see how angry Steven and his family would get. He’s such an inspirational artist to so many and the flesh part of us wanted to see how big his Faith was in a time of tragedy. The fact is, Steven searched for more meaning to this and used his pain to become more faithful in God’s plan.
Re:Creation is a new album, but, moreover, it’s a new energized faith in God and in life that I hold so dearly when listening to these songs. When Steven Curtis Chapman experienced HIS pain was the SAME time I experienced MY pain.
The pain of almost losing my marriage.
The pain of living in a broken home.
The pain of leaving the life I knew.
The pain of a divorced home.
I look at Steven’s “Re:Creation” and I praise the same God for my own transformation and “recreated” faith.
Don’t forget to check out our post about the album and watch a video on the story behind re:creation.
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