Today over lunch I went to a listening party for Steven Curtis Chapman. He came to LifeWay to give us a preview of some of the songs on his upcoming album, Beauty Will Rise.
The album is a result of Chapman working through the grief, confusion, and pain following the loss of his 5-year-old daughter Maria in 2008. The songs are a collection of Chapman's deepest thoughts and emotions during a very difficult time. Chapman commented that the lyrics are similar to David's psalms: a mixture of grief and questioning of how God could allow something so awful to happen along with an assurance of hope: that beauty will rise from the ashes, spring will come, and God is worthy of praise and trust.
The album includes 12 songs written over the past 18 months and will be released on November 3. For more about Steven Curtis Chapman, visit his website.