Once again, Music For the Soul touches our souls by writing and singing songs that matter, songs that address the real needs of real people — this time encouraging those who care enough to give themselves for the powerless and helpless who need a daily advocate for the simplest of life functions. We call them “caregivers,” for want of a broader, deeper title. And maybe “title” is what we really need to express those who live out, on a quiet, consistent basis, Jesus’ mandate to “lose our lives” for His sake and in this willing abandonment, ironically, find more life than we know what to do with.
This tender project called Dignity joins the ranks of other recording and video projects that dare to step to the edge of precipices where most of us stand alone when faced with the great yawning chasm of tragedy or crisis brought into our lives by random accident or by bad choices (our own or those of others). For each of us, if someone had told us we would be dealing with things like grief, suicide, addictions, eating disorders, breast cancer, sex trafficking or long-term illness, we would not have believed it. But here we are.
And maybe the worst part is that when, at our wits’ end, we find ourselves seeking wisdom and support, prayer and healing, the places we thought would give help seem to think the issue off-limits, embarrassing or too demanding to deal with on any ongoing level.
So, bless this group of writers and artists who have refused to give their talents and lives to “hit charts” or “punch line” songs. They are committed to making music that dares to step up to the plate right when others walk away or don’t know what to do.
They take on the hard problems of life in an everredemptive way and live out the truth expressed in another well-tested song written by the great songwriters’ hero herself, Fanny Crosby. She wrote deep because she had to live life beyond just what the eyes can see.
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.
Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving heart, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
Ah, the power of a song! The healing that compassion can bring! What a great thing it would be if with this wonderful project of music and words called Dignity would go the commitment to help out, take a turn, show up to sit a spell or run an errand. Each of us can be a bringer of “dignity” to someone we know.