Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
Today TreeHouse is thrilled to welcome six time Grammy winner, Amy Grant, as our Women Of Hope keynote speaker and musical guest. (Sorry, it’s sold out)
In 1984 seventeen year old Amy Fayas and twenty-one year old Scott Volltrauer were both at an Amy Grant concert. We didn’t know one another then, and wouldn’t meet for a couple more years but our hearts were both connected to the same sweet songs of Amy Grant.
It’s been years since I was a regular listener, but Amy Grant’s songs helped anchor my young faith. Here are a few examples of lessons her songs taught me.
Don’t Give Up On Me
Don’t give up on me I’m gonna make it
I know it’s hard for you to see
Don’t give up on me I couldn’t take it
If a part of me should keep you from seeing
The part of me that should start you believing
I’m changing so please don’t give up on me
Don’t give up on me
Even when I fail so miserably
Time and again I know I stumble
It makes me humble
My faith was fresh and my faithfulness faltering. “Don’t Give Up On Me” gave me – and struggling people like me – hope that my “Don’t give up on me” prayer would be honored by the “Don’t give up” God.
Arms Of Love
I have found a place where I can hide
It’s safe inside
Your arms of love
Like a child who’s held throughout a storm
You keep me warm
In Your arms of love
Arms Of Love taught us that God, and God’s love, is personal and relational and tender.
O Sacred Head
O sacred Head now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down
Now scornfully surrounded, with thorns Thine only crown
How art Thou pale with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn
How dost that visage languish which once was bright as morn
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee dearest friend
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
Or, make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be
Lord let me never, never outlive my love to Thee.
As a new follower of Jesus I found hymns boring and musically outdated. Amy Grant’s update of “O Sacred Head” brought a fresh perspective to an ancient work of art.
I’d love to live on a mountain top
Fellowshipping with the Lord
I’d love to stand on a mountain top
‘Cause I love to feel my spirit soar
But I’ve got to come down from that mountain top
To the people in the valley below
Or they’ll never know that they can go
To the mountain of the Lord
We may have other-worldly connection-moments with our Creator, but our re-connections with our family and friends, classmates and co-workers, neighbors and strangers really demonstrate how much we received on the mountain.