Hymns, Generation to Generation – 90 Days of Service, Day 14

Indelible Grace VI Progress

After returning to Nashville from home in Scranton, I had the great privilege of being able to sit through some of the recording sessions for the Indelible Grace VI album.  One of the moments with a Belmont Alum, Katy Bowser, and her daughter, Story, kind of gave me chills down my spine to see the work of the Lord between the generations of Belmont RUF students.   Katy recorded a few passes with her daughter story in her arms of the third verse of “I am Jesus Little Lamb”.  It was a sacred pastoral moment where the Grace of God was palpably present – given from one sister in Christ to others.

Psalm 79:19 (ESV)

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever,
from generation to generation,
we will recount your praise.

You see, right after getting saved, my friend Joel from Del Rio, TX handed me a copy of Indelible Grace’s first album.  Katy, through her singing of “O’ the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” in her stylistically Celtic sounding voice, was able to minister the Love of Christ to me in the midst of some very deep brokenness.    It was a sacred pastoral moment where the Grace of God was palpably present – given from one brother in Christ to another.

O’ the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus - Listen on Youtube
by Samuel Trevor Francis, Featuring Katy Bowser

1. O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward
To Thy glorious rest above!

2. O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth,
Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones,
Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth,
Watcheth o’er them from the throne!

3. O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean vast of blessing,
’Tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee!

Into that context, I was recalling all of the Grace of God that allowed me to start putting together the concept of Biblical Counseling Through Song.  In no small measure, the work of Katy, and the rest of the Belmont RUF family through the Indelible Grace projects, was some of the driving motivation for seeking to counsel the Word of God into broken men and women using the medium of music.

Now, I was present as she was able to reach back and pour into the next generation of Belmont students and into her own daughter.   It was during the recording of the third verse of “I Am Jesus Little Lamb” on the upcoming Indelible Grace VI album that kind of took my breath away.

"I Am Jesus Little Lamb" Lyric Sheet

I Am Jesus Little Lamb
by Christopher Miner

I am Jesus little lamb,
Ever glad at heart I am;
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need,
And well provides me,
Loves me every day the same,
Even calls me by my name.

Day by day, at home, away,
Jesus is my staff and stay.
When I hunger,
Jesus feeds me,
Into pleasant pastures leads me;
When I thirst, He bids me go
Where the quiet waters flow.

Who so happy as I am,
Even now the Shepherd’s lamb?
And when my short life is ended,
By His angel host attended,
He shall fold me to His breast,
There within his arms to rest.

In recent months, Katy, Sandra McCracken, Ellie Holcomb, and Flo Paris have started a project called, “Rain for Roots: Big Stories for Little Ones” – hymns for children and families.  Being a “studio Mom”, Katy brought her daughter, Story, along, who was playing in the studio.  Story accompanied Katy into the isolation booth to record some of her passes.  Katy recorded the third verse with Story in her arms.  After her session, I shot a few pictures from her perspective.

"I Am Jesus Little Lamb" Lyrics - From Story's Perspective in Katy's Arms

"I Am Jesus Little Lamb" Lyrics - From Katy's Perspective with Story in Her Arms

The recording process is quite tedious.  Sometimes the same part of a verse is labored over for hours upon hours in order to get the right affectionate context for the song.  As Cason Cooley and Kevin Twit, IG VI’s producer, was editing, the last four lines hung in the air as Story and one of Kevin Twit’s RUF students, Jordan, were playing on the chalk board wall.  Katy recorded the below with Story in her arms.

One Belmont Generation Ministering to Another - Jordan and Story

And when my short life is ended,
By His angel host attended,
He shall fold me to His breast,
There within his arms to rest.

As Cason and Kevin edited, I caught a slight lyric change on one of the passes.  A slight lyric change, but a God given moment of Grace.  I’m not sure if even Katy knew she changed the lyric.

And when my short life is ended,
By His angel host attended,
He shall fold you to His breast,
There within his arms to rest.

And, I thought, my God, here is the recorded presence of a Mom singing over her young daughter for her salvation, all the while knowing while she rests in her mother’s arms, that this time is fleeting – her life will soon come to an end – that to rest in the arms of the Savior is a much safer place to rest.  A sacred moment between Mother and Daughter, while the angels and a few brothers in Christ listened in.  Katy’s name means pure and, well, Story means story.  So, we had the Gospel being poured from Mother “Pure” to her Daughter “Story”.  Grace poured out from our Savior through a Mother to her Daughter – a sacred moment indeed.  The Gospel is just that – “Pure Story”.  A Story so Pure and majestic that it is shockingly Beautiful.

(In fact, all of our moments are sacred, but God lifts the veil to give an Eternal perspective sometimes…).

After Story started to snag the pop filter (the fuzzy disk in front of recording microphones), she came outside to play with Jordan, handing him a piece of chalk, while her Mother sang over us all – one Belmont RUF generation pouring into another (and I’m not sure who was ministering to who in this moment).  I was just a bit overwhelmed at the depth of the Love of Jesus at that moment – O’ the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

Story and Jordan - Sharing Chalk and the Gospel

Borrowing some words from the saints, specifically, Samuel and Katy:

“O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory,
For it lifts me up to Thee!”

So, I humbly ask your support of two projects:

1) Indelible Grace VI Album, Kickstarter ends in 48 hours (Wednesday, 20 June 2012 @ 6pm)

2) Rain for Roots Album, praying that the Lord grows the work of these women!

After seeing the love of Katy for her daughter Story this past week, I’m still confident that Mothers do make the best hymn authors (and singers).

This summer I’m pouring out my life in service and prayer for Nashville, Dallas, and Scranton, PA.  Praying that the Lord helps to bring many Gospel driven artists to the Biblical Counseling Through Song concept.  This was such a sweet example of the riches that Christ has given to His Church by His Grace.  Thanks for allowing me to share His works through His people with you.

May His continued Grace and Peace fall upon us!

 
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One Response to Hymns, Generation to Generation – 90 Days of Service, Day 14

  1. TomMurphy28 TomMurphy28 says:

    Just an update and a video from those days in the Studio with Katy, Sandra, Ellie, and Flo…

    Rain for Roots – “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpZApr1egSg&feature=related

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