Songs for Charleston

Every word I’ve tried to speak about the tragic church shooting in Charleston has tasted like ash in my mouth. What dare we say in the face of unspeakable evil? Tonight, though, I heard the very fine song Steven Curtis Chapman wrote for Charleston (You Will Not Be Overcome), and it helped. It made me want to share a song of my own, entitled The Last Word. It was written a few years ago, but I believe it is true, even (especially) now.

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4 comments to Songs for Charleston

  • Tammy Cordery

    It is so sad.

  • Justine Olawsky

    This song and so many of yours, especially those on Pollyanna’s Attic, have been getting me through lately. I appreciate that each song on that album, no matter how faithfully it depicts or acknowledges the surrounding darkness, ends with the light of hope. One line that keeps repeating is from “We Are Not Alone”: We ask our hearts for healing much too soon. That is so wise.

    Funny, I used to think Pollyanna’s Attic was far too depressing, overall; now that I am older, I connect with it more.

    Thank you for putting out music that is a lifeline during the sad days, as well as a springboard for the joyful ones. Pax Christi.

  • Justine Olawsky

    Except “Free” and “No Trespassing.” Nothing particularly hopeful about those on PA. Just saying . . . 😛

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