West augments this already-stellar season with the release of his fifth studio album, Into The Light. The project quickly climbed to the No.
After receiving more than 10, personal stories from all over Christian songs about forgiveness of others globe for his heralded album, The Story of Your Lifethe acclaimed singer-songwriter, who has been forever impacted by the outpouring of stories, felt as though there was even more for others to say during this season of his music.
The new studio album, Into The Lightfeatures 12 tracks inspired by 10, new letters submitted after West invited people to, once again, send him their stories.
The songs comprising Into The Light were inspired by stories touching on everything from the power of forgiveness, drug addiction, the rejection of apathy, domestic violence and many other topics. The songs making up this sixth studio project were written mostly while he was on tour this spring. Each of the storytellers who inspired these tracks were in attendance for West's Storytellers Weekend and were surprised with a special dinner, concert and commemorative plaques, presented by Christian songs about forgiveness of others, bearing handwritten lyrics to the song their story inspired.
In addition, they were treated to a night at the Grand Ole Opry, where West performed. I had the great opportunity to speak with Matthew about the story behind lead single from Into The Light"Forgiveness.
Please tell me about the background in writing the song "Forgiveness. I can't believe how it just started with my simple Christian songs about forgiveness of others for people to write me their stories, and here we are three years later.
I'm able to make not one, but two albums inspired by the true stories of peoples' lives. When I read a story that would make me have an emotional response like no other, I found myself jumping to my guitar, whether it was amazingly heartbreaking or amazingly redemptive. The song "Forgiveness" chronicles a mother dealing with the death of her daughter at the hands of drunk driver.
It was one of the first stories I read and it stuck with me the whole time and I was waiting for the right time to deliver this message through a song. Now the song is seeing the light of day, and it is my honor to share it. The song is about Renee, who lost her daughter Megan in a car accident at the hands of a drunk driver, a year-old named Eric who was by all accounts a great young man, but made a tragic mistake.
Renee's been on a journey of hatred, and bitterness, and she's learned how to forgive the young man who took her beloved daughter's life. Do you have any Bible verses you used in writing the song?
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?
Up to seven times? But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What's the take-away message for listeners regarding the song and the album? In a miraculous way, after Megan's death inRenee began giving presentations, and in time, God put it on her heart to forgive this man and reach out to him in prison.
She learned that until she was set free of the anger and bitterness she held towards Eric, she was going to be the prisoner even though he was the one behind bars. As a result, Eric found his own personal faith in Christ and they developed a unique friendship to the point where she feels like she gained a son, and she even
Christian songs about forgiveness of others to the courts to cut Eric's sentence in half.
He made a terrible mistake taking the life of two young girls, and yet he's been forgiven.
Renee told him that she serves a God who commands her to forgive and she needed to be set free as much for herself as for him. He'll be a free man, in more ways than one. Renee's story is life-defining as we all need to think about how forgiveness can set us free.