Wednesday, January 26
A few weeks ago, Kirk Franklin came to Willow. Kirk has been a premier gospel artist for nearly 2 decades. His mission was to take gospel music and to broaden its range beyond the traditional gospel audience without losing its message. I could just say it was awesome and leave it at that – but if I reflect on it a little deeper, I was struck by something over the weekend:
Sometimes Kirk Franklin is portrayed as a high energy artist geared towards praise and celebration. I would never argue with that, but that stops short of what we experienced this past weekend. One of my favorite moments was during the song Imagine Me. This song asked the question, can you imagine me letting go of the past, becoming free, trusting God. Hearing thousands of people singing, “gone, gone, gone, all gone” is a powerful sound.
Is there something in your life that has continually been a struggle in the past? Is there something that you’ve been carrying with you day after that you want to get rid of? Are there voices in your past that are whispering lies to you? If you want to say goodbye to all of those things and be reminded that once we choose “life to the full” those things are gone.
Take a minute and listen to Imagine Me right now and just open your hands and tell God what it is.
Matt Lundgren (@mattlundgren)
Worship Leader/Executive Producer, Willow Creek Community Church
Contributor to Beyond Singing: The Worship Blog of Willow Creek