Written by: Celita Diaz- Perillo (Date written: 01/11/2022)
Casting Crowns has a history of writing songs that get right to the core of one’s being. They have been that way for me ever since the first time I heard them, and this album, Healer, is no exception to that. With words tinged with the knowledge of hardship in the light of personal challenges and a world-wide pandemic, these songs are comforting affirmations of faith and gentle encouragement, always directing us to our Helper, Healer, Saviour, Omniscient Lord- Jesus Christ.
Each song is just another facet of the challenges most of us are facing daily over the last years, and it is a relief to me to know that Casting Crowns has put to words what I have been battling to hold onto, and what I have been learning, through these months of seemingly endless trials and the grief of so much loss….
“Desert Road” sounded like flowers growing in an arid desert. It speaks of trusting even in insecure times, faith in the face of the unknown. This lyric feels like life right now. ‘It’s not the path I would’ve chosen, but I’ll follow You to the end.’
“The Power Of The Cross” reminds me of the Apostle Paul! All about healing from the past and from sin. ‘I am forgiven, no longer lost… now I am living in the power of the cross.’
If you are feeling down and out, you MUST listen to “Scars In Heaven”. It is a song for wounded hearts who need a reminder of hope for a future that IS coming, that someday will be without brokenness, hurt, grief, sorrow, tears… scars. ‘The only scars in heaven are on the hands that hold you now.’
And I just have to mention the song “Healer”. The chorus, OH THE CHORUS… It is so so true!
‘More than comfort, we need the King.
More than gifts, we need the Giver.
More than blessings, we need Your Presence.
More than the healing, we need the Healer.’
All I can say is that I am so grateful for Casting Crowns. So many songs have been meaningful to me in my life, and now in my children’s lives. These songs will gladly be added to our playlists because they are constant reminders of what matters most in this life… Jesus is the answer for the world today; in every moment, in every way. He is enough, sufficient, all knowing, all powerful, and everywhere. Let us trust Him, cling to Him, rely on Him, and believe in Him. Hallelujah! Amen!